Growing up in the 50s, 60s and 70s: It’s amazing we made it! 132



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If you grew up in the 50s, 60s or even 70s you’ll surely relate to this and it will put a wide smile on your face. Remember leaving in the morning and coming home when the street lights were on? Remember falling out of trees? Putting our babies together in cots covered in lead paint? Remember when not everyone made the team at school? The 50s, 60s and 70s produced some of the best risk takers in the world and watching this you’ll be proud you have made it to your age and might just be amazed at yourself… Enjoy! This is worth sharing with your friends today!


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. At least we played outside

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    • Lyn many kids don’t play outside. Many seem to spend hours inside and alone playing computer games. Very sad! I love to see kids playing outside especially when they don’t have anxious parents hovering.

    • Nita…these ‘quiet’ kids back 30/40/50 years ago…do you really think they would have more outgoing because it was the ‘good ole days”??? I don’t think so…and what if they are ‘different’ from others….they would have such a harder time….each generation is different, but still the same…

  2. The wonder is that we were born at all, considering what our ancestors had to do!

  3. It was the 40s and 50s for me. I was working fulltime in 1959. They were good times and they toughened us up for the journey ahead. B|

  4. Change the voice over accent and change the baseball to cricket, and this is the Australia I grew up in, albeit in the country where we didnt have street lights! 🙂

  5. Mike here-I can remember as an 10 year old in England falling a fair way out of an oak tree, in a little copse of trees just down the road from home, on the eve of our departure to Australia. It was a bad fall, landing flat on my back, there was doubt as to whether we could leave the next day but during the night I came good. Thankfully, as my dad said that if we were delayed he would half kill me. Which left me with a perplexing question which has haunted me for my whole life. If my dad half killed me twice, would I be dead?

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  6. Let’s think. Good Old Days? Influenza brought death regularly, A woman couldn’t leave a violent relationship. Same sex couples who fell in love were thrown in jail. Children who were abused were too scared to share with anyone. All generations have good and bad.

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    • All I know is I knew nothing about that sort of thing, I just enjoyed my childhood in the 60’s! Nothing else mattered when I was a kid, and I’m glad.

    • Yes you are right, there were the mishaps that caused the childproof bottle caps, bike helmets and all the other safety devices to be introduced. I remember the boy who drank something caustic kept in an old lemonade bottle in the shed. I fractured my skull coming off my horse with no helmet. Someone I know of was blinded in one eye by a thrown object. I remember reading of the tragedy of children accidentally locking themselves in old fridges and dying. Yes all bar the few survived, but we shouldn’t pretend that none were killed or injured on the way.

    • Donna Payne I so agree with you, we were allowed to “just be kids”, no doom and gloom tales, no constantly being told, as the young today are, that they are the generation who has to fix the mess the world is in, no being told don’t do that you might get hurt, you can’t go out it is too hot/cold, we just lived life with the innocence and wonder that ALL children should be able to and boy did we have fun!

    • Oh you poor Grinch … I had a wonderful childhood … and I left my husband because of violence … no non-molestation orders were available to me in the late 80s early 90s, either by the way.

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