Remembering the good old Aussie backyard 194



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Tonight we are looking back at the good old Aussie backyard. Do you remember all those days we spent with our brothers and sisters, just running amok and having a great time?

It feels like forever ago but truly, those were some of the best memories of our lives.


Remember the Hills Hoist? We’d swing around and around and it would have a permanent bend in it!

hills hoist

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Ah, backyard cricket. Our brothers used to tease us when we couldn’t hit the ball and Dad would always get us out.


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England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales. Do you remember skipping over the elastics and singing little rhymes with your friends?


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Learning to ride a bike was such fun. From training wheels to big kid bikes, it was also a thrill to ride down the street, wind in our hair.


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A swing set is a quintessential part of the old Aussie backyard. We would fall off, we’d push each other til we nearly flipped over the top and our slides always hurt our legs, especially the steel ones on a hot day!


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Marbles games were loads of fun. We had bags of marbles in all different colours and would swap them with the neighbourhood kids or our siblings.


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A little kiddie pool was very fun, particularly in summer when we would all squish in to cool off.


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The sprinkler was iconic in the Aussie backyard of the 60s and 70s. Can you think back to the days of leaping through it?



Pogo sticks were all the rage once upon a time!



We always wanted to be bigger than we were and would make our own stilts out of cans and string from Dad’s shed.



Hopscotch was so fun! We would draw it on the ground outside our house, in the driveway and at school. We’d throw rocks and hop along.



Do you remember these roller skates and how long it took to get used to them?


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  1. Wow, that was a trip down memory lane. I did everything mentioned except for the pogo stick. Never had one of those.

  2. Had lunch today with girls from our neighborhood. Haven’t seen some of these women for about 42 years. Relived all those beautiful memories. Best childhood.

  3. We only had a single swing. Obviously swing sets weren’t invented then the hills hoist wasn’t around then either…..but the marbles etc were. I don’t remember skates but we walked on the cans.also we only had the hose which we loved.

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  4. Never had swings and didn’t spend huge amounts of time in the backyard. There was a creek nearby and a vacant block with tracks through the wild fennel, down the banks and along the creek spent hours riding the track and playing in the creek. We passed by a playground with slide, climbing frame and swings on the way to it. We made stilts from wood and walked on those, re stacked the wood pile to make a circle around the edge and a clear fort in the centre.

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    • Our little gang went regularly on ‘hikes’ to a local creek, about 2-3 miles away from home. Packets of sandwiches, bottles of cordial, fruit & biscuits. ‘Fished’ for carp in the creek tho I don’t remember ever catching any! Probably just as well. Can you imagine parents these days letting kids do that? In America they would end up in jail, if you can believe the stories you read.

    • Margaret our patch is now built over. As suburban land became so sort after this ‘difficult’ block became economic to level out to build on. Part of the creek became a council reserve, fenced to keep kids out of it. Did we have mishaps, sure did. All part of learning about life and boundaries. Yes I have read some of the reports from the U.S. and one from Canada where the reaction to kids doing stuff on their own seems insane. The roads we crossed to get to our patch, have been traffic ‘calmed’ so are probably safer than when we crossed with higher speed ‘through’ traffic.

  5. What great memories! I was a marbles champ at 5 challenging the boys in the playground! The hot summer days dodging the bindies in the grass to jump through the sprinkler waiting for the icecream man’s van to drive down our street, his bell getting louder & my sis & I waiting with our sixpences.

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  6. Wonderful memories for me when our kids were young they were always out in the backyard
    Mowing the grass with their dad jumping on the trampoline or or on the slip a slide in summer a cricket games a basket ball great times

  7. I was born and raised on a tiny block of land, maybe 8 perches in total (including the area for the house). We didn’t have a backyard to speak of, but the street was our playground. No cars (no one we knew owned one) and every afternoon the kids in the street would play ball games, hop scotch and other games….. Within walking distance were also 3 council playgrounds. Was terrific. No traffic in those days (50s) so no problems with playing in the street.

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