Ahhhh...them were the days........................................

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I was reading an article which someone has sent me about some travellers who went exploring the Tanami Track and environs in 1978

They refuelled at Rabbit Flat for 37c/l...!!!!!!

Them were the days....LOL


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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 00:00

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 00:00
Hey Willem.

In 1991 when I worked on the Tanami gold mine, we went to Rabit flat and it was 75c/l but on closer inspection there was a sign on the pump that said double the bowser price, as the bowser only goes to $1.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 00:07

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 00:07
Yeah I remember that too. My first visit to Rabbit Flat was in 1980 on Govt Business. Then I stopped there on a few occasions after that.

Last time in '94 petrol cost about $1.60 a litre. If you didn't complain about the fuel price then Bruce would invite you to stay in his bush camp. If you whinged about the price he would make no mention of his free camp in the spinifex....lol



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Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 06:17

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 06:17
Reminds me of our first visit to Fraser island in the late 70's, fuel was 17 cpl on the mainland and 25 cpl on the island. Sydney price was around 15 cpl.
So we loaded our FJ40's to the gunnels and carried extra jerries so we only had to buy a minimal amount over there.
We were horriified at the extra cost for fuel, those were the days!
Used to cost around $7 to fill each tank, we had two and for $14 we could 4wd all weekend including the trip to our destination.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 09:16

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 09:16
Peter ,

You remind me of my first 4WD experience . A blitz wagon with no top , just a tray back "sports car ".

It was on Fraser Island . My mother hired a neat old guy called Jake Lack who had a blitz wagon on the island , to take us over from the mainland and then on a tour of the island .

That was in 1959 , and there was NOTHING there except a few fishermans Huts , brumbies , dingoes , glass fishing net balls and nautilus shells .

We did not see another soul in four days . What a place then .

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Reply By: CLC50 - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 06:47

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 06:47
Hi guys
Well 1970 a new Fairlane was $ 4.289,a new 25foot Millard $4360 with Shower & Toilet,
A weeks food shopping $20 to $25 per week, Top wage about $100 per week.

A good check on your comparison is a years wages, is this the cost of a new car,
In 1950 a New Holden was 999 Pounds & my wages where 980 Pound a year,
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 07:00

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 07:00
Opps my dads wage 980 Pound a year
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 07:26

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 07:26
Yep...In NZ :
1970 $1.00 per gallon,
$2.20 ctn of beer,
$2195 new Kingswood
$1700 new Scoda
$67 take home pay per week driving trucks
$0.04 per km in a taxi
$1.50 got you 2 pc fish, 2 paua frts, 6 oysters and chips

Thats just off the top of my head, half asleep, 5.20am.

Problem is......I cant remember what I had for dinner last night, lol.

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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 07:44

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 07:44
LOL I can just picture you lot all sitting around in the Sun at the old folks home reflecting on past glories hahahahaha

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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 08:10

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 08:10
Nah Al,
More like sittin round a camp fire out woopwoop way, a few gallons of hooch, comparing medications and trying to figure out if we had breakfast or not......lol.

Cheers.....Lionel.
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Follow Up By: CLC50 - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 08:17

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 08:17
Yes but we still remember
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 10:31

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 10:31
Aaaaarrrhhhhh...yer not far off the mark Gramps.

Hopefuly I will be able to avoid an OAH.....lol


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Follow Up By: Paps - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 11:50

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 11:50
I thought hooch came in ounces not gallons.
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 19:31

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 19:31
Hi Paps, yep it does these days but way back then before the weed became fashionable hooch was the stuff that came in the brown paper bag.
A few slugs of that stuff and wooohooo yer under way.

Also used for paint stripper, rust removal, fire lighter...you name it.

Cheers.....Lionel.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 11:27

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 11:27
And when a single cone icecream was sixpence..




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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:41

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:41
I must be older than you Doug, I can remember when they were theeepence in the fifties!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:46

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:46
Barry
My parents had a Deli at Chain of Ponds SA in the 50s single Cone 6d and the little one was 2½d and the double was 10d.


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Follow Up By: Louie the fly - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 20:19

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 20:19
No way Doug!!!, Chain of Ponds deli. I remember when the old pub was still there, sometime in the mid to later 70's. We used to stop there on our way to the river. Note: I was in primary school then. My greatx2 grandfather was the headmaster at Millbrook School back in the old days. Howdy neighbor.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 20:24

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 20:24
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Reply By: turbopete - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 12:21

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 12:21
and when you could get bleep for a quid
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 14:19

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 14:19
Doug,

You've done well. That's a single cone with a double dollop!

I remember tu'penny cones, which were tiny little singles for little kids. That would have been pre 1966 of course.

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY (VIC) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 15:34

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 15:34
Gday
I remember up to 1970, and haven't needed to think of anything since.That is when i was married. Ahhh ,,,those were the days, pre 70 ,,not a care in the world. Travel and drink and young women, not always in that order.....................
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:07

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:07
Working out of Thursday Island in 1988-89 a carton of XXXX was $48 and a bottle of Bundy Rum $60. If you were lonely a sixpack would get you company hehhehehehehe

Not that long ago for those prices ay?

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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:09

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:09
PS Petrol at Rabbit Flat was $1.25 in 95 when I went through. No sense complaining as it is what it is, very much needed. Maybe I should complain at the fact I was not invited to stay as I did not complain to fuel price LOL!!
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 18:37

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 18:37
Gday Willem,
I just looked up a logbook from December 1978 - Had the Corolla back then, and covered 8,000miles.
Innamincka 30.4 cents/litre
Birdsville 28.0
Arkaroola 27.3
Coober Pedy 25.0
Welbourn Hill 30.0
Ayers Rock 28.4
Wallara Ranch 28.4
Alice Springs 25.5
Barry Caves 32.9
Cairns 24.6
Ipswich 20.9
Sydney 20.8

Oil change cost me $4.80, Gear Oil $3.00, Wheel Bearing Seals $2.00, Air Filter $3.95.
12" Tyres cost $46 in the bush, and $30 in the city. Tubes were $3.60.

6 week trip doing 8,000miles (15,000k) cost us $458.54, which was split 3 ways.

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