scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: 30 years ago... (with a Western Australian twist)
Grant O'Neil (oneilg@IINET.NET.AU
Wed Nov 10 1999 - 23:36:54 CST
Well, here you couldn't even watch colour TV. I was about 12 when the first
colour TV transmissions began in Western Australia; that would make it
about 23 years ago.
You could still walk a mile, buy a pint of milk and a pound of butter, and
knew your height in feet and inches. Yep, metric measurements were only
intruduced in Australia in 1972 (my 1972 Holden Kingswood has the speedo in
miles, which makes for some interesting on-the-fly speed conversions as I
You could hear Beatles songs on the radio without having to tune in to a
late-night nostalgia program!
The areas where about half of Perth's population now lives were rural
outskirts to the suburbs.
Nobody worried very much about sunblock when going to the beach. A good
dark tan was considered a healthy look.
Cubs still had blue uniforms and were called Wolf Cubs, and used a
two-finger salute instead of three fingers. Scouts were "Boy Scouts" or
"Senior Scouts" and wore collarless shirts and lemon-squeezer hats, and
there were still Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. The award scheme
and names changed in 1972, which was also when cubs changed to the same
khaki uniform as scouts. The collarless shirts and hats changed about 7
years ago. Oh, and back then the adults were Scoutmasters, not Scout Leaders.
Milk was delivered in 1 pint bottles with foil lids. All school children
received a small 1/2 pint bottle of milk to drink each day at school (I'm
convinced this is the reason that to this day I cannot stand drinking plain
milk. It would be delivered first thing in the morning, then we'd be given
it to drink mid-morning before recess, by which time it had been sitting in
the sun for an hour or two was was luke-warm. YUK!)
Shopping bags were brown paper, not plastic. (who can remember bags falling
apart because something damp was being carried inside?)
If children did something wrong at school they would be likely to get the
cane from the headmaster (who can remember getting "6 of the best"?) and
this was considered fair and acceptable by almost all parents.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
ACSL 2nd Ballajura Cub Scout Pack | |_|__\
Swan Valley District => \ |_|_ /
Western Australia ~~ `_'