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Redfern 50 Years Ago
5 Aug 2014
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Redfern, an urban place filled with friendly people and lots of Indigenous culture. Fashion shops, supermarkets and alien embassies are places to go to. But go back 50 years ago and you'd find yourself in a completely different environment.

Back then you'd find empty streets and the odd gunman or two. A place where roads were made from dirt and reaching year 4 at school was amazing. People like the iceman and the toffee apple man used to come and deliver things. 

Some activities that kids back then would do would be playing football or cricket in the middle of the street without shoes on. They also went hiking with the scouts, where everyone cooked meals in turns. Girls mostly went swimming and played netball, whereas the boys played football because it was free.

Children had to be very independent at a younger age and they had to leave school and start work around the age of 14. they never went to uni because many families couldn't afford it. You also started school very early, sometimes at the age of 4. Also if your mother was sick you were allowed to take your little brother and/or sister with you.

You could find gumen and gansters in your street, but they never came near local people. They came to funerals where people couldn't affort it and gave them money, but no one questioned where they got it from as long as it didn't involve their families. All the local people would turn a blind eye as long as their families weren't affected by what they did. This shows how much Redfern has changed in 50 years.

- Kieren

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