Category Archives for "The 1950s"
It was 1953 and we had all just started in Grade 4 at St Laurence's College. Such a change from the nuns at a Catholic convent school.
The photo above is St Patrick's at Strathfield (Sydney) where our teachers were trained.
Our new teacher was Brother Cusack (for some reason, the Irish Christian Brothers were referred to by their family name, rather than the more historical given name). It didn't really matter, as we were instructed to refer to them as "Sir" in both the first person (Excuse me, Sir) and the third person (Sir said...).
So here was our first teacher on our road to becoming men.
Brother Cusack (I never learnt his first name, so if any of my fellow students know it, please respond below) was an earnest young fellow of, I'm guessing now, around 20 years of age. He was in control of a class of some 60 or so nine year olds. He had us again in Grade 6.
More on that later. This is just recounting one incident.
Clearly, we as humans are on an exponential curve of discovery.
This is reflected in statements like "95% of everything we know has been discovered in the past 10 years".
And we no longer believe, as the Victorians did at the turn of the (19th) century that "everything of significance has already been discovered". Or, as Thomas Watson, the first president of IBM famously predicted "that there might someday be a world wide market for as many as 5 computers".
Nonetheless, there have been many paradigm shifting inventions that have been made during our journey from the mid 1940s (slightly earlier than the baby boomers) to the early parts of the 21st century.
If I had to pick two (and it's very difficult to leave out television and solid state technology) I'd have to pick