The Boomer Legacy

Youth

A Precious Resource

Boomers loved their children and grandchildren. Because like real-estate, livestock, ore deposits or lumber… young people were our future assets.

Sample #6023
Weeks, maybe months    (Dec 2020)

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Purposeful activity

We bequeathed a retail industry filled with meaning and purpose

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Discount variety store at Katoomba [Jun-2003 661KB]

Bo-ho chic

Mainstream/ Indie/ Alternative/ Bohemian/ Underground… a celebration of quirky dressers who spent a little more time than most on curating their own look and style

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Nightcluber on the Cronulla-Bundeena ferry, in Sydney's south [Jan-2005 330KB]

Remarks

Another Hasselblad candid shot. Working discreetly with a shoebox sized camera on a pitching small ferry was pretty challenging. But that was nothing compared to the hours required to balance the colours, tone down the grain and retouch the dozens of spots & tiny hairs on the scanned nineteen-year-old C41 120-film

Crossing over

The slow fade to the other side wasn't as terrifying as many imagined

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Nigel Love bridge, Mascot [May-2019 213KB]

On this harvest moon

The peace dividend gave our young a chance at a more normal life

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Yininmadyemi sculpture, Hyde Park Sydney [Apr-2018 528KB]

Burnout gender reveal

Parents loved to modestly announce their great news

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Sky writing above Kirribilli, Sydney [Nov-2020 331KB]

Filial maze

Raising a family in a world where the future was so bright

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Masked family, Central station northern concourse [Jul-2022 329KB]

Perfecting childhood

Hands-on parents expected their children to grow into Mozarts, Rembrandts or Doctor Doug Ross

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Busking at Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House [Jan-1999 210KB]

Some hope for the future

The desire to have children didn't diminish, only the actual proportion of live births (Macrorends, 2023)

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Wiggles exhibition, Powerhouse Museum Sydney [Jan-2020 162KB]

Weeks, maybe months

The slow-motion horror of watching your parents die from belatedly diagnosed illness, with the understanding that medical review boards will do their utmost to protect the anonymity and status of everyone involved

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North Bradfield Park, Milsons Point [Dec-2020 249KB]

Tween marketing trends

The role of glossy magazines was to teach young girls the vital importance of how they look

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Perusing fashion magazines in the now-defunct Angus & Robertson book-store beneath Centerpoint tower [Dec-2003 437KB]

Moments to midnight

Even children realised we were running out of time

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Footpath chalk drawings on Water Street, Dunedin NZ [Nov-2017 984KB]

Prevalent brandonomics

A globally homogeneous culture made it easier to sell you things

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A skateboarder at a vintage car display, Hyde Park in Sydney [Jan-2005 447KB]

Tight lines

Fishing as a recreational pursuit became more challenging after the hydrosphere was systematically poisoned

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Bundeena Ferry passenger, Cronulla [Aug-2019 441KB]

The last summer

For a brief moment at the beginning of the 21st century, it was still possible to let children be themselves

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At the steps of the swimming enclosure at Balmoral Beach, in Sydney's north [Apr-2005 286KB]

Preparing for the hereafter

Early retirement had many aspects but only one outcome

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Yandhai Nepean Crossing, near Emu Plains [Jun-2021 143KB]

The Big Schlep

Reschedule the twins for their NDIS Autism & Anxiety Support Appeal, pick up Indigo from GAHT and take Cooper to the Young Adults Learning Differences Centre. Then take the twins to the child psychologist, Indigo for a bowl-cut mullet and Copper to the ODD Therapy Session. Finally, get the twins across town for the last bit of netball practice, Indigo to the Harmony Day dress-rehearsal, then try to reschedule a meeting with the principal over a woodwork teacher who called Cooper a “vicious retard” for throwing a hammer. Also need to email the school's Student Welfare Officer again to remind them about Indigo's updated psychology report. Then have a break and check the feeds, and then make sure Indigo, Cooper and the twins are back home and have taken their ADHD meds by 11PM

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Darling Harbour playground [Jun-1992 767KB]

Structured play

In order to fully prepare for successful careers, every activity had to be goal and team oriented

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At the waterline at Bondi Beach [Mar-2003 428KB]

GPS service

Every year independent schools made such an outstanding contribution to the formal ANZAC Day march that there was no need for public schools to participate

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Student drummers, Hyde Park Sydney [Apr-2023 707KB]

Baby on board

A political system that leads to [young] people having so few resources that they do not have opportunities to pursue lives that they have reason to value (Grattan Institute, 2014)

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Public ashtray on a monorail pole (since dismantled), at Sydney World Square [Oct-2013 660KB]

Keep us from harm

Every potential hazard was fastidiously identified and ameliorated

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Drink bubbler at Erskineville Public School, Sydney [Aug-2019 406KB]

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Having taught in a high school since 2009, it was always fascinating to witness the extreme lengths to which risk-averse adults would go. This primary school drinking fountain illustrates it beautifully. Here the irony is that (1) most small children cannot now reach the water and (2) the hazard-area has been greatly increased, negating the reason for safety rails in the first place

Preparing for the past

We laboured comprehensively to ensure things were much better for those who followed (ABS, 2022)

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Laps at the Coogee beach tidal pool, in Sydney's east [Mar-2003 728KB]

Lifelong entanglement

We would have followed you anywhere

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Bethesda Terrace, Central Park NYC [Oct-2017 853KB]

Remarks

Noticed a family having their portraits taken among weekend Central Park crowds. Most of the poses were rigidly formal, but one set-up produced this arrangement while mother and child waited for the photographer to adjust his gear

No safe place

Fretting parents who left things too late; anxious grandparents far out of their depth; abstruse pedagogical theorists run amok. Harm mitigation. Risk amortisation. Hypervigilance and a discourse of unquantifiable danger lurking within every home, classroom, church or playground

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An ironic end to a day at Taronga Zoo [Apr-2005 446KB]

For one brief shining moment

EKG; Catecholamines urine 24 hour; Faeces pathogen PCR; Renal ultrasound; Renal Doppler ultrasound; Fasting glucose; Spot glucose; Glucose Tolerance Test; HbA1c; Urine protein test; Dilated Eye Retinal Scans; PCR tests; Pathogen throat swabs…

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Blackwattle bay jetty [Jul-2017 568KB]

Grandfathering wealth

As part of the compact between generations, the young can look forward to a utopia of free education, affordable housing and lifelong secure employment as domestic & corporate servants

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Pedestrians in the Sydney financial district [Jul-2004 413KB]

Baby Boom 2.0?

There was a mistaken belief that Australia underwent another baby-boom 2001-8 (eg. McCrindle, 2013).

Admittedly the total number of registered births grew to record levels after 2007. Despite the decade-long reversal in the 1970s, the overall trend in total registered births since 1935 has indeed been upward:

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Fig.1   Births 1921-2022

Yet a more interesting trend can be observed in the total fertility rate and the number of births per capita (ie. the total number of births divided by the total population):

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Fig.2   TFR & Births p/c 1921-2022

Aside from a small reversal peaking in 2008, along with a post-COVID bump in 2021, these charts show a relentless decline in the proportion of children born in the last fifty years.

Fewer women were having fewer children. Fewer children were being born as a proportion of the overall population. Clearly the 1949—64 “boom” remains a one-off and we have been in gradual demographic decline since 1980.

Graph data is derived from: ABS Historical Population (ABS, 2019).

 

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