You Know You’re a Child of the 1970s if …

A monster list of memories for Australians who grew up in the 1970s.

You know you’re a child of the ’70s if …

1. You had a Scalextrics set

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2. You can recite McDonald’s Big Mac song:  Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
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3. You used Perkins Paste at school

Perkins PasteImage credit: Pinterest

4. You remember paper money

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5. Every home had a spider plant

Spider plantImage credit: Notes of Nature


6. Deciding between Redskins, Milkos or Choo Choo bars at the tuck shop was a daily problem


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7. Your Mum had a glow mesh purse

PurseImage source: Etsy


8. You could make a cat’s cradle

Cat's Cradle

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9. You challenged your friend to go around the world or to walk the dog 

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10. Your soft drink can had a ring pull, until it was replaced by the push tab

Pull ring  Push Tab

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11. You chanted England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales while playing elastics

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12. Your Dunlop Volleys always wore away in the same spot

Dunlop VolleysImage source: Wikipedia


13.  You got splinters from a wooden sea-saw

SeeSawImage source: playgroundology


14. You burnt your bum or the back of your legs on a metal slide

SlideImage source: Preservation in Pink


15. You loved getting creative with Fashion Plates 

fashion platesImage source: Etsy


16. You set Test Match up in your living room

Test MatchImage source: The Wasted Afternoons


17. You taped your favourite song off the radio

tape recorderImage source: Pinterest


18.  KB was in the fridge

KBImage source: Spakatak


19. You got up at 6am to watch The Thunderbirds on Saturday morning

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20. The Curiosity Show amazed you every Friday afternoon

CuriosityImage source: The Daily Telegraph


21. Golliwog Biscuits weren’t considered offensive

BiscuitsImage source: Museum Victoria


22. You watched Fat Albert during the Hey Hey It’s Saturday morning children’s program 

Fat Albert

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23. Flower seats and baskets were normal bike accessories for girls

Sissy bars and floral seats

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24. You know the relationship between these two

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25. You held on for dear life when playing on this 


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26. You pegged a playing card to your bike spokes


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27. Your Funk & Wagnells filled a bookcase

Funk & Wagnells

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28. All the girls had rainbow coloured streamers hanging from their handlebars


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29. You loved eating a Sunny-boy 

Sunny Boy

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30. You licked your Paddle Pop stick to win a prize

Paddle Pop

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31. You know someone who wore JC’s


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32. You can still sing along to the closing tune on Young Talent Time 


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33. You didn’t get to the shops before midday on Saturday then nothing was open again until Monday


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34. You made daisy chains your friends

Daisy chains

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35. You always finished the chocolate strip first in the tub of Neapolitan ice cream

ice cream

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36. You hoped Miss Helena would say your name when she looked into the magic mirror


Image source: Linny J Creations


37. You nearly broke your neck with these

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Image source: Etsy


38. You impressed your friends with boot roller skates

Boot skates

Image source: Etsy


39. You had to go to the chemist to get your film developed and waited weeks to get them back


Image source: Daniel Bowen


40. You were the legend of your street if you had a green machine

Green machine

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41. The milkman delivered milk bottles to your front door


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42. The garbage man threw your rubbish into the truck


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43. You hated it when your record skipped

 record player

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44. Your Mum used olive oil to clean out your ears


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45. You marvelled as you watched Mrs Marsh get it in

Mrs Marsh

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46. You remember Madge the Manicurist soaking in it


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47. You rugged up for Cracker night every June long weekend and filled your pockets with Throw Downs


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48. You wore a calculator watch

Calculator Watch

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49. You thought Ponch and Jon were cool


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50. You had a Captain Marvel comic


Image source: My Comic Shop


51. You know what time of the day you saw this

Test Pattern

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52. On the odd occasion you were up late enough you would hear God Save The Queen playing before the ABC channel stopped transmitting for the night


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53. You laughed along with the Banana Splits

Banana Split

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54. You knew who your friend was when things got tough

HR Pufnstuf

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55. You happily rode your bike with your friends, no helmets

no helmet

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56. Your family dressed in matching terry towelling clothes

Terry Toweling

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57. You had a bowl haircut and didn’t care, because everyone else had one too

Bowl hair cuts

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58. Your dragster bike with gear levers was your pride and joy


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59. You watched the Paul Hogan show and wondered what was wrong with Strop


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60. Big bubbles were no trouble with Hubba Bubba


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61. You knew someone with these


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62. Serious decision making was made with Eeny Meany Miny Moe – without thinking twice about who got caught by the toe

Eeny Meeny

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63. You know who this is

Life Be In It

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64. It wasn’t unusual to walk through saloon or swinging doors in someone’s house

Saloon doors

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56. You remember the bionic sound Steve Austin made


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66. You wanted to pat Woodrow


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67. You wondered if other parts of Skylab’s debris were going to fall on your house


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68. You played tricks dialling 199 on the phone, making it call back


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69. You got the best-selling Christmas gift for 1979


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70. Your Mum cooked meat and three veg 7 nights a week

Meat and Veg

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71. You swapped football cards with your friends at school

Footy Cards

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72. Every parent had a Bank Card


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73. You know who Starchild, The Demon, Space Ace and Catman are


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74. All of the cool places had Space Invaders

Space Invaders

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75. You thought the Fonz was cool and didn’t think it was weird that he hung out in the toilets with school kids


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76. You remember bucket seat belts

Bucket seats

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77. Your Mum smoked Alpine Lights 

Alpine Lights

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78. You jumped on your vinyl trampoline after squirting it with dish washing liquid

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79. You couldn’t wait to buy a 20c bag of lollies


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80. Ankle socks with pom poms stopped your socks getting sucked into your sandshoe


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81. You think 1979 smells like this

Coconut Reef Oil

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82. You remember Oil of Ulan looking like this

Oil of Ulan

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83. Your Mum’s favourite cologne was 4711


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84. This looks familiar 


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85. You cheered Skippy for knowing what to do when someone was in trouble


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86. Your first camera looked something like this


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87. You remember public telephones looking like this

phone box

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88. You spent hours clicking through your View-Master


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89. Someone you know had a Holly Hobbie bedspread

holly hobble

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90. You styled Barbie’s hair and did her makeup


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91. You saw Betsy Clark illustrations everywhere

Betsy Clark

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92. You pretended to smoke a packet of fags


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93. You loved sitting in one of these

bean bag

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94. You know what these are


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95. You carried around a lucky rabbit’s foot


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96. You loved sitting in the booth at Pizza Hut

pizza hutImage source: Pinterest


97. You begged your parents for Crazy Foam

Crazy Foam

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98. You took your leather hippie purse everywhere

Hippie Purse

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99. You drank Tang

tangImage source: Cracker Night


100. You knew the Benny Hill Show theme song

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Have I missed one of your favourites? Join the conversation below!


  1. I loved my Childcraft books! I wish we had kept the set that we had. I loved Golliwog biscuits, Chiko Rolls, chocolate cigarettes, my skates, riding my bicycle after school with the neighbourhood kids….ahh, they were the best times

  2. Plaited head bands, Suede alpaca-lined and fringed South American embroidered coats and jackets, Indian toe sandals, Earth shoes, Alpaca wool ponchos with South American patterns on them, Kombi vans with peace signs, Countdown, Norman Gunston Show, In Melbourne Tonight, Covering the Hills Hoist with canvas and wetting it, Swinging on the Hills Hoist when your mother wasn’t looking, manual cash registers and 1 and 2 cent coins, Checked dark and white chocolate, fondue sets and dinner parties, Mission brown paint, Magic Silver White and Magic Silver Purple hair dye and the white light that made your hair glow in the dark, coconut oil for smothering skin to help your tan along, Swan Lager, the age of adulthood changing from 21 to 18.

  3. I mostly miss Hot Rod Icecreams but it seems that the only person that misses them is me! Wish I could have another. Also Fantales are not the same, neither are Redskins. Also miss the taste of Peters Vanilla Icecream which also no longer tastes as good either ?

  4. This is so good – it really sums up growing up in Australia in the 70s! And yep that list below added by Shelltox too – hey I remember Shelltox strips ha ha! Did you know Swami Sarasvati is still going? I used to watch that show with my Mum. Also, the correct picture of JCs sandals is the one posted by Sandy Carty below. There was another style of sandals too that were popular with girls, a bit more feminine but I can’t remember what they were called. For a while I wore platforms to school! Then wedges with raffia heels that are the same as the ones you can buy now. Some tv shows I loved – Daniel Boone, The Littlest Hobo, Casey Jones – that started in the 60s and were replayed right through the 70s. And who didn’t have posters of Sherbert on their walls!

  5. Corduroy slacks and long skirts, hot pants, jaffas and raspberries, Spirograph, straw hats as school uniform, ribbed tights, the “bus kids” (those from the country) had weekly trips to the town library, the first photocopiers with rolls of shiny paper, hoola hoops, paisley, school exercise books and textbooks covered with brown paper and labels free from Women’s Weekly or Woman’s Day, walkathons, wakeathons, rideathons, sleepathons, readathons, school fetes selling fairy dolls on sticks and pom-pom rabbits and chicks, cream buns at tuckshop, Spam sandwiches, 100s and 1000s on buttered bread, sparklers and Tom Thumbs, rubbish littering the roadsides, sweetpeas or wildflowers for the classroom, my grade 3 teacher wearing Witches’ Britches which showed when she reached up to write on the blackboard, when only one child I knew had divorced parents, when “water play” was a hose or the sprinkler on the lawn…

    • OMG, yes!! Free book labels from Women’s Weekly mag – when it WAS weekly! Loved those! Thanks for adding those memories to the conversation Dawn, they’re great. 🙂

  6. Quite a lot of these are actually 1980-85… suspect the author was born in the mid 70s and the childhood she remembers encompasses the early 80s?
    But great collection, certainly brought back memories.

  7. Here’s another: You knew at least one house that had the Desiderata scroll hanging in the house.

    “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons….” etc etc

  8. Played on the rocket ship and the elephant climbing frame at the park.

    Got sunburnt regularly and peeled each other’s skin (dealing with the BCCs now).

  9. yes the good old days when you could walk around at night and feel safe. sherbet bombs. big Charlie gum , cough lollies like black crows an the tube with the nun on it and they were called nuns, mini skirts, tucked in turtle neck jumbers in ya stagger jeans. weary mocusons with black socks ,winter flannerlet shirt over your t-shirt. go to the print shop a get a t-shirt printed on it of your favourite band, laying in the sun to long and get sun burnt ,the good old steakie van. or mum would have cold meat and salad or vegies. oh god do I miss those days

  10. Those thin plastic or metal bangles that girls wore dozens of at once. Donny Osmond posters on the bedroom wall. Those thongs (or flip-flops) that were a squarish shape and had thick padded velvet straps and the inner soles were woven from some sort of bamboo or grassy material. Uncle Sam deodorant (and the TV ad).

  11. Takes me back grouse times. Bazooka bubblegum, blackcat gum, bellboy gum, Abba cards, Abba socks, Abba cushion and many more. Dolly varden toilet roll covers, white lace up knee high boots, hot pants, red,white & blue clogs, Four n twenty cornish pasties, RC cola, Tab cola, scratch n sniff t shirts, Levi slickers, Deadly Ernest on tv, The Evil Touch with Anthony Quayle. Milk bottles to drink at school my teacher brought in flavorings. Singing god save our queen at school before class. The list is endless great times.

  12. Bobby Dazzler LP, Flared Hawaiian shorts, SOS cough lollies, dessert boots, those thongs with the cane sole and the velvet thong bit (cant think what they were called), halter tops.

  13. the kiss pic u showed made me scream not with delight we had a music store so had really big posters and i was 2 my mum had to let me stay out back whilst it was up i got in a lot of tv


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