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In 1929 a world depression hit Australia with the speed of an express train. Its effects on the national economy were devastating and resulted in massive unemployment for hundreds of thousands of Australian workers and their families. There were no signs of future recovery and soon the susso, with its meagre handouts, became an accepted part of Australian life. By 1933 two-thirds of the male workforce and one-third of the female workforce were either unemployed or earning less than the basic wage. The personalities and future professions of many Australians including June Dally-Watkins, Sir Roden Cutler and Smoky Dawson all attest to the influence of growing up during the Great Depression Keith Smith made his name in Australian radio as a comedy writer, broadcaster and designer of original radio programs. In AUSTRALIAN BATTLERS REMEMBER- The Great Depression he has unearthed humorous, touching and horrifying stories from across Australia of the deprivations and hardships borne by a generation of Australians. These oral histories provide an intimate and compelling picture of family life during the most poverty-stricken period in Australia's history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740511933
ISBN-10: 174051193X
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Keith Smith

Keith Smith is fondly remembered by many Australians as the Pied Piper for his long-running ABC Radio and later television programs for children. Keith began writing when he was eight-years-old with comedy sketches for Sunday school concerts. He made his name in Australian radio as a comedy writer, broadcaster and designer of original radio programs. He has written books on a range of subjects, anything that interested him, from books for and about children, to the supernatural, a novel and the comedy and pathos of World War II. AUSTRALIAN BATTLERS REMEMBER- THE GREAT DEPRESSION, a collection of oral histories with ordinary and renowned Australians is his twenty-seventh book.

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