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Silkworms and Argonauts: An Aussie Childhood
"My childhood was spent in country Queensland. I rode billy carts and went yabbying in the local dam. My brother had a Hornby train, I had a bride doll and I desperately wanted to be a marching girl."
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My mother had a friend we called Aunty Betty. She hugged me very hard, and I was always a little scared of her. All was forgiven though, when she produced her masterpiece - warm, freshly bottled Rosella jam. Just what was the main ingredient?
A wild Australian cherry
A local variety of strawberry
The red fleshy surrounds of a native seed pod
A native Queensland plum
When I was about 5, my parents made the long drive to Brisbane, to give me my first taste of theatre. I went to see the Tintookies and was entranced. Just what did this production entail?
An Australian style Christmas pantomime
An Australian children's play about some brothers and their lost dog
A marionette theatre featuring Australian animals
A musical about a kangaroo and his beachside home
My childhood was filled with pets of all descriptions. We had cats, dogs and a back yard fenced off for the chooks. There was even a carpet snake that lived in the rafters of the old shed. My father always encouraged us to investigate smaller creatures as well. What sort of small creatures were Aussie kids observing in the 1950s?
All of these
My one wish as I grew a little older, was to own a Malvern Star. I didn't care what colour it was, but I wanted one desperately. What was this yearned for object?
A tennis racquet
A fan magazine featuring movie stars
A super duper hula hoop
I grew up without television. My focus was the Bakelite radio in the kitchen. Every afternoon, I would watch the clock until it was 5pm, and then my mother would tune in to the local ABC station for me. I was lost to the world for an hour. What was I listening to?
The Children's Hour
The Muddle-Headed Wombat
All of these
I read widely and voraciously as a child. I was introduced to books by my father, who would read 'Winnie the Pooh' to me, complete with a full range of character voices. He never missed a beat. As I branched out on my own, I discovered my first villains. May Gibbs introduced me to the baddies of the Australian bush. Who were these rascals?
The Thorny Devils
The Big Bad Banksia Men
The Wattle Thieves
The Blue Gum Bandits
As children we were allowed to roam free, and do pretty much as we pleased, as long as we were home for dinner. My constant companion was a Labrador named Debbie. As they grew, my younger brother and sister were allowed to come too. I was supposed to look after them. We could often be seen on a Saturday afternoon, marching across the neighbouring paddocks to a small dam. Armed with a bucket, a piece of meat on a string and a mesh scoop - we were after one thing. What was it?
After I turned 10, I began to take more notice of popular music. I liked a lot of the American artists of the time, including the Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson. Some of my Australian favourites included Col Joye and Johnny O'Keefe, but there was one artist I yearned to emulate. Who had a "Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy" and liked "Stomping at Maroubra"?
Patsy Ann Noble
Television came to our small town in the early 1960s. We eventually got a TV set, and my days were consumed with watching anything and everything - including the test pattern. My brother and sister became obsessed with the children's shows, especially one about a little man from the moon, with amazing artistic ability. Who was this talented chap?
Bill the Steamshovel
Each Christmas we would pack up and head to a coastal town called Caloundra, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Every day was the same. We would head to the beach, and meet up with friends. Everyone would pitch their beach umbrellas together, and the adults would talk, while the kids hurtled into the surf, to swim and get dumped by the waves. Surf lifesavers patrolled the beaches conscientiously, and scanned the surfline from their raised tower. What were they NOT on the lookout for?
Passing sea vessels
Swimmers in difficulty
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Compiled Jun 28 12