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A tribute to those who lived through the Great Depression era in Australia, often displaying great creativity and resourcefulness in tough times. It was a defining moment in our history.

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An Australian metal Depression era food pantry c1930, made out of tin drums and packing cases

wooden depression-era laundry tongs, used  to remove clothes that had been boiled in a copper

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wooden depression-era laundry tongs, used to remove clothes that had been boiled in a copper

Children in Hills Reserve (Frog Hollow),Surry Hills, 1949 by Ted Hood
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Schoolchildren line up for free issue of soup and a slice of bread in the Depression, Belmore North Public School, Sydney, 2 August 1934 / Sam Hood by State Library of New South Wales collection, via Flickr
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Schoolchildren line up for free issue of soup and a slice of bread in the Depression, Belmore North Public School, Sydney, 2 August 1934 / Sam Hood

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An Australian metal Depression era food pantry c1930. Such things were hand made out of tin drums and packing cases etc, often in the country, by people who couldn't buy ready-made furniture.

A NSW dole camp during the Great Depression: a corrugated iron shed had become home.

The Myth of the Great Depression

A new account suggests things were actually quite rosy in 1930s Australia.

scraps of soap went into the soap-saver to make suds for washing up

scraps of soap went into the soap-saver to make suds for washing up

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

"Dad and Dave Come to Town" (1938) An Australian-made comedy that took peoples' minds off the realities of the Great Depression. An interesting insight into the humour of the day. Actors: Dad (Bert Bailey), Dave (Fred MacDonald), Entwistle (Alec Kellaway), Myrtle (Muriel Flood).
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The flamboyantly camp 'Entwistle' in Australian film "Dad and Dave Come to Town" (1938)

The character 'Entwistle', played by actor Alec Kellaway, in the "Dad & Dave" series of movies was one of the first positive portrayals of an effeminate man ...

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.
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What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

Block Boys at St Peters, Sydney. Block boys usually swept the streets after the horses. These boys have also used the opportunity to scavenge whatever they can find.
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Block Boys at St Peters, Sydney. Block boys usually swept the streets after the horses. These boys have also used the opportunity to scavenge whatever they can find.

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

What was it like to build and live in a shack during the Great Depression? These surviving Depression era cabins in Sydney's Royal National Park give us the best idea.

Peg Bell and friend milking a cow in “Bell’s cow paddock (photo courtesy Maxine & Richard Bell) Rosedale NSW

Peg Bell and friend milking a cow in “Bell’s cow paddock (photo courtesy Maxine & Richard Bell) Rosedale NSW

Members of the Nationalist Socialist Democratic Works Party in SA, 1934. During the Great Depression, many Australians lost confidence in  their government. Radical or extremist organisations became popular because of public dissatisfaction. On the political left communist, socialist, workers and unemployed organisations actively opposed forced house evictions, while  fascist-style groups like the New Guard enjoyed increased membership on the right of politics.
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TANUNDA, SA. 1934. GROUP PORTRAIT OF SOME OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE NATIONALIST SOCIALIST ...

bread and dripping was a common meal during the Great Depression as families tried to make ends meet
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bread and dripping was a common meal during the Great Depression as families tried to make ends meet