ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN….The Book
“Memories are better than diamonds and nobody can steal them from you”. So wrote Rodman Philbrick in “The Last Book in the Universe”.
This is a book full of diamonds, a collection of the most popular memoirs and photographs from the nostalgia lovers of the ‘Adelaide Remember When’ Facebook website, ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s, the era of the Baby Boomers.
It’s a fascinating glimpse of our city in a more innocent era, when life was simple and we seemed to have much more time. We were perhaps the last generation who could walk or ride our bikes to school. We climbed trees, skinned our knees and elbows and played in the street with all the other neighbourhood kids until the street lights went on.
On a hot Adelaide summer night, long before air conditioners arrived, we slept outside on the lawn or at the beach, hoping to catch a cool breeze. We never lost the car keys because they were always left in the ignition. We could walk out the front door and leave it unlocked and we never bothered about padlocking the bike.
Everybody’s mum was home after school and we got a clip around the ear if we’d been naughty.
We were the generation that gave the world rock’n’roll music, the Beatles, the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the social revolution of the 1970s.
Many of the photos in this book have been sent to me from private albums and never published before. I also dug into the archives at the Advertiser and into the massive collections held by the State Library of South Australia.
Adelaide Remember When is now available at all good bookshops around Adelaide, online from our shop on this website and also from the Advertiser Book Shop at 31 Waymouth Street. RRP $39.99