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       Your memories of:

            First days at school/teachers
            Secondary school
            Schoolyard games, e.g. marbles, swap cards, knuckles, hop scotch, skippy, etc
            Going to church
            Ministers/priests
            Going on holidays and their locations
            Visiting the cemetery
            First job, hours per week, pay, conditions
            Family pets
            Experiences with death
             "            "    birth
            Family weddings
            First falling in love
            Courting/Dating customs
            The Depression
            The War Years
            Family superstitions
            Family predjudices/racism
            Father's employment
            Father out of work/working away from home
            Mother's employment
            Mother's favourite occupations in the home
            Family friends
            First house and neighbourhood
            My bedroom/kitchen/neighbourhood
            Family garden/fruit trees/vegie patch
            Best friend
            Entertainment, e.g. dances, footy, movies
            Household smells
            Main Street in town
            Transport, e.g. horse & cart, car, trams, trains, etc
            Household deliveries, e.g. baker, iceman, rent collector, groacer, butcher
            Old photographs
            Stories my mother used to tell
               "    "  father     "     "   "
            Your Grandparents/Great Grandparents
            Radio programs/tv programs
            Books I used to read/books read to me
            Family games we used to play
            Family and personal hobbies
            Family outings, e.g picnics, sea bathing, concerts, theatre, school
            Functions
            Household chores - who did what?
            Family routines and rituals
            Music we played or listened to
            Family doctor/dentist
            Hospital - as a patient or a visitor
            Military - 
            Newspapers, comics, magazines we read
            Police force and law enforcement
            Voting and family politics
            Crimes - by others or family members
            Pubs, 6 0'clock closing, temperance attitudes
            Childhood diseases, e.g. polio, diptheria, whooping cough, tuberculosis,measles
            Natural disasters, e.g. bushfires, floods, storms, etc
            Local and city shows, e. g. garden fetes; hospital day.
            Local and state footy teams barracked for
            The Olympic Games
            Moving house/town/school
            Migrants coming to the community
            Family Skeletons/gossip
            "Strange relations- where did they fit in, and whose were they?
            Wealthy relations
            Things that were never talked about.

         
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This page created 10 January 2010 & amended 20:59 21/10/2013