40 years ago

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:37
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What happened 40 years ago today? We changed from Pounds Shillings and Pence to Decimal Currency.
It was my first year of work as an apprentice Carpenter and Joiner (5 year term) and my weekly wage was £5 10 shillings. This jumped to $11.
£3 was to Mum for board and with the rest I had to get/start my hand tools of trade as well as getting to and from work, clothing etc.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:46

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:46
your parents were tough

i only had to pay 40%....out of $13.60 per week
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:54

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:54
Well come-on how many Pounds is that or better still how many Guinea's?
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:30

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:30
6 pound 8 shillings?
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:37

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:37
Well you short changed yourself. Lets try 6 pounds 16 shillings or 6 guinea's 10 shillings.
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Reply By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:54

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 17:54
Sorry, the grey cells containing the relevant info are long gonnnnnnnne :)
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Reply By: Surf - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:23

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:23
In come the dollars and in come the cents, out go the pounds and the shillings and the pence. Dont forget to look when the coins begin to change on the 14th of February 1966. (Sung to the tune of Click Go the Shears)
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:40

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:40
A guinea was One Pound One Shilling and horses were always sold in Guineas.
My first pay as a student nurse was this week all those years ago and I was very excited to receive $9 - and as we had to live-in at the Hospital under the fearful and watchful eye of Home Sister (it was worse than the Boarding School I had just left) and I can't remember how much we paid for Board and Lodging.
I remember the jingle really well though.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:53

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:53
I can remember giving some 1st year nurses a hand up a drain pipe because they had missed the curfew. I refuse to identify the hospital except to say it had a lot to do with children :))))))))
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:34

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:34
You mean in Brisbane - thank goodness it wasn't me - I was in Nambour!!!
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:38

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:38
Ruth, you're safe !! It was in Sid knee and probably before you were born :))))))))) Ahh, those late night cruises across to Manly.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 13:01

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 13:01
Good memories though, eh?
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 13:09

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 13:09
Great memories of the very innocent kind. I also visited the nurses via the front door one night. Had to get past "Helga from Sveden " type first. The girls were happy to see a male....any male.
Matron wan't !
Had my eye on a sweet young thing (they were all sweet in those days :) Unfortunately she had her eye on someone else. I look back and realize now that it all turned out for the best.
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Reply By: Graeme - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:45

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:45
I started my 5 year apprenticeship in February 1966 and my pay, remember when we were paid in........wait for it..........CASH!!!!!!!!!! and my first pay was $12.50.
The days of the mini skirt, Beatles and the Rolling Stones and it can all be summed up in the song, sorry forgot the singer, "Those were the days my friend"
The times I had were unique, PC and OSH have seen the end of the things we got up to.
My board in Melbourne was $12 week and I got a living away from home allowance of $10 week.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:51

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:51
You guys and girls are really showing your age..... I wasn't even twinkling in my old mans eyes yet. hahahahaha.
But now I suppose you are all going to say something like....I REMEMBER WHEN.....

Here's to being able to tell young folk what was happening today, in 40 yrs.
Regards Trevor.
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Reply By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:52

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:52
Aaaahhhh you're all a bunch of big fibbers! If you can remember the sixties you were'nt there LOLOLOLOL
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:54

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:54
Free love was a fib. They charged :)))))))
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:56

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:56
only to share your joint, so to speak LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 19:00

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 19:00
We really do like to see threads disappear, don't we :))
In my case they didn't want to share the same planet :((((((
I was a nerd before they invented the word. I had to make do with "wierd".
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 19:22

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 19:22
Aaah Footloose, methinks you protesteth too much :))))
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 19:24

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 19:24
Hey, I missed the revolution. I was too busy trying to earn a living. (But I made up for it later...and how)
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 20:04

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 20:04
I've had to check my memoirs to find out....
I was a year 3 cadet engineer with the electricity commission at Balmain Power Station... My salary at that time was $26.....Hell it seems like a long while ago...look at the changes, no trams to Bondi, man has been to the moon, they still fire the 1:00pm gun...& I'm glad I don't live in Sydney anymore... what a rat race
I'm retired now & wonder where I ever got the time to work.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 20:12

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 20:12
40 years ago today, my dad was 8 years and 1 month away from having his first kid... Me...!
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Reply By: Spinifex - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 20:32

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 20:32
Hmmmm 40 years ago today

I seem to remember that I was unemployed(no dole) and just about to sign up for the army. Dreams of joining the Foreign Legion also passed through the brain passages but were quashed by a flicker of common sense. I survived the army and all the fun thereafter.

But the 60's were a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:45

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:45
Your Baaaack

Lada Niva hahahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Spinifex - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 18:43

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 18:43
Bugger off you old coot!!!! LOL
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:53

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:53
Who are you calling a coot?
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 22:04

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 22:04
"Out with the dollars, in with the cents...

blah blah blah

.. on the fourteenth of February 1966!"

I thought I could remember the whole damn song. I can see it now on black and white tellie!

Remember the weird feel and sound of the coins?

Remember the brown ones...

It was sung by "Dollar Bill".... now how did it go?
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:49

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:49
My dad was an accountant in a bank and dressed me up as Dollar Bill for a kindergarten fancy dress parade. It is seared into my brain because I can remember being really upset at having to wear my sister's tights as part of the costume. I can't remember much else, but it can't have been much fun at a party inside a big roll of cardboard.

Back then we used to buy a wagon wheel in a waxed paper pocket at the school canteen for a halfpenny!

Cheers

Pete
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:57

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:57
your sisters tights........
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Reply By: Anthony - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 22:20

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 22:20
I was 6 years and a few days old - I can't remember what I was doing or what I got for my birthday - probably a smack.
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 23:00

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 23:00
Hahahaha

Glad to see your parents brought you up sensibly.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:22

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:22
I was 6 years and 1 month and definataley got a smack and another one just in case.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:54

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:54
If you guys got smacked today, it would have a completely different connotation to it. hahaha
I was 4 weeks into my apprenticeship as a Carpenter ans I only received 5 guinee's but it doubled to $10.50 with decimal currency.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:43

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 12:43
Hey Eric, I went to that school as well - he's one for being naughty and one for in case of. Not to mention - he's one for now and wait till your father gets home. Or, the best one was after the smack and stop that crying or I'll really give you something to cry about. Ha ha ha. (I nearly freaked one day when I heard myself start to say that to one of my boys - scary).
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 15:29

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 15:29
Ruth I liked the one mum always said its going to hurt me more than you.
I don't think so.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 10:25

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 10:25
Des Lexic,

I've been off work for a few days demolishing me house. Did you by any chance do you apprentice night/day schooling at the Marlston Technical College. At the end of year presentation night I was in the demonstration competition to make a shelf bracket... when then called out my name for first prize I wanted to hide under the bench. Won a 100' Stanley steel tape.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:10

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 18:10
Guilty as charged.
Started in 66, From memory we went on Wednesdays during the day and Monday and Thursday nights.
A mate had a fairly modified FJ that we used to go in.
Always did a Rundle Trundle on the way home.
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 22:55

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 22:55
But can you remmber the jingle that introduced the change to decimal currency, unfortunatley I can???

It did get you attention as a wee school boy.

Cheers Patrick
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Follow Up By: Peter - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:33

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:33
Patrick
I'll go one better. Just reading these posts got me to look through my record collection (remember vinyl records? Still got a few hundred sitting around here).
Found this on an old 45 - The A side was titled 'Dismal Currency' and is all about the introduction of dollars and cents and actually includes the original jingle. The B side is titled 'Creamsleeves' and is actually a protest song (sort of) about the Vietnam war (and sung to the tune of Greensleeves). Both songs were sung by The Twiliters. Shame we can't post MP3 files here, would probably bring back lots of memories to us 'youngsters'
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Reply By: Member - laura B (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 23:35

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 23:35
my mum turned 10 in 1966 and so i have no idea about all that old money bizzo...except when london money is being talked about - all i know is that you basically double it and you've got aussie money!!

Laura B
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 23:53

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 23:53
but we lost all the great nick names for our currency
quid
bob
zac
dina
floren
to name a few

And we replaced them with American terms like bucks.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:59

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:59
florin or floren? wasnt exactly a nick name
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Reply By: Muzzgit (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 02:15

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 02:15
On the 14th of FEB 1966 I was one year and one month old.

My first job in 1981 in a welding workshop paid $70 a week. My boss employed me through a government scheme which paid him about 65% of my wage and he still complained that I got too much !!!

Four years later I was getting $330 in the hand for driving an 8 wheel tipper. None of my mates could believe I got paid so much !!!

20 years later, and I only just earn double that !!!

How times change.

Cheers,

Muzz
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:32

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:32
i was 13 years old and selling the melbourne herald,sporting globe etc of an evening in the pubs in bairnsdale [vic].i played on the confusion a bit when it came to giving change,some blokes would say ah don't worry about the change young fella. cheers sparra
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Follow Up By: kesh - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 20:32

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 20:32
Sparra, 40 yrs. ago I might have just bought one of the globes from you. My inlaws were at Eagle Point, spent quite a bit of time there when down on hols from Coffs Harbour.
At that time was also in Sydney every month, stroll around the X, chat up the girls, Forbes club, 77 club, Martins bar, all good for a punt and a drink, never a prob. look at it now, a b...dy disgrace and dangerous to boot.
Good old days? My b...dy oath! stuff the change to decimal currancy
kesh
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Reply By: cuffs - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:45

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:45
What a rip off, you used to get 48 nigger blocks for a shilling then only 40 for ten cents, I have never got over it.
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Follow Up By: Joombi - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:54

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:54
just the same as boongsteels
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 22:20

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 22:20
40 years ago today I made a deposit in my nappy.

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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:56

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 17:56
And in another 40 years, you will probably leaving further deposits in your nappy LOL
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Reply By: techie - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 02:17

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 02:17
one a penny one cent
two a penny two cents
three a penny three cents now

four a penny three cents
five a penny four cents
six a penny five cents wow!

etc etc till 12 a penny 10 cents wow!

one dollar equals axactly 10 shillings
two dollars equal exactly 1 pound

The trouble I had teaching my mum and dad!
Techie

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