Those Australian Hormones

Elizabeth Bay Cresc, Elizabeth Bay NSW, Australia
Sept 2, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Thank you for your letter. I’m sorry I haven’t written before, but I haven’t got round to it till now. Its an honest excuse, anyhow! Actually, I’ve been very busy. We’re on holidays from school, and gosh, I can hardly write! Gee, bad luck about your tonsils. It gets awfully boring in hospital though, don’t you think? It was for me over Christmas. New Year anyway (That’s when I had my appendices out, remember?)
Lynne and Jill and I have been very busy for the past two months, and it finally paid off on Saturday night. My sister is on a committee to raise money for the Blind Society of NSW, and she hit on the idea of having a discotheque night. Like a fool, I put my foot in my mouth by offering out services for our dancing abilities. Jill dances on T.V. and we used her routines. We did 3 dances, every hour in front of about 150 people. The music was all wrong in the beginning and it was most embarrassing! To top it all, I wasn’t feeling very well at all, with the ___ going around Sydney. However, we got through it, and would do it again, I’m sure.
Enough of my stage appearance! Now to my appearance. I must get a photo for you, ‘cause the one you’ve got, I have a feeling is fairly old. The only trouble is it takes me months to finish one reel of film (Ther’re 36 snaps on each!) but to get back to the toic – its rather funny, when I was real fat (about 81/2 stone – 120 lbs) I couldn’t get slim. Now I’m down to 7 ½ stone – 105 lbs. I can’t stop all my clothes are just hanging on my. But summer is coming, and so are new bikinis, so I don’t really mind! Poor Lynne, whose only 4ft 11” can’t lose any weight no matter how many diets she goes on. Wish I knew my own secret.
I rather like the Young London look. Not the way out stuff. Actually, you know, we have the same fashions as you – you just don’t know it. I’m sure half you Americans think we live in half wilderness! We don’t, we’re just as modern as you, if not more so.
I’ve been working quite a lot a t Woolies – we didn’t go away (sob) – but I didn’t get paid last week ‘cause I was sick on Saturday morning. Just have to wait till next Sat. Lynne and I are working all next week. Worse luck yesterday was officially spring here – fall in your land!
I do hope you’ll excuse the writing, but its been simply ages since I’ve written any thing much. Next time, (my last ever!) we’re getting a new mistress – Science. She’s pretty terrible from what I here, but I didn’t meet her when she came.
17 October 1962
At last I’m back Sorry it took me so long. Again, lots have happened. After we went back to school, we did out Trial School certificate Exam I passes everything except Maths and Science I failed science by 3 marks! However, I got 2 A’s and 2 B’s – French & English, History & Geography.
The weather down here is pathetic on Friday it was 92 , and today, Sunday, we couldn’t even make 55 , and today, Sunday, we couldn’t even make 55 , and today, Sunday, we couldn’t even make 55 !
The same old story again – Michele’s getting married. This is about the 3rd time I’ve said it I think. This time, however, I think she may get to the altar, I hope! He’s quite nice, but lots older, 7 years.
We do out final exams on November 12, 15 &16. Then we get a week off school to recuperate! I’m going to live on the beach, and when I have to go back afterwards, I’ll take days off here & there because it won’t be necessary really as I’m leaving, anyhow.
In the holidays, Dad & I are going to Melbourne for a couple of weeks, cause Michele doesn’t want to go, & Mum’s going to be doing voluntary work for the 3 weeks of Dad’s holidays.
During the long weekend of three weeks ago, Dad arranged to bring to Melbourne football teams up from south, and I went out early in the morning with my little cousin. The boys from on team, Richmond, sat next to us, and I got on quite well with two of them. In particular, whose at school in Melbourne still. I’m very busy with letter, which is why I suddenly remembered all my overseas pen friends waiting. The other boy works with an airline, and he said he’d get me in as an air hostess when I’m old enough!
Next year, I hope to do Advanced French & German at night school, so I have more chance of being an air hostess on an overseas line.
I received your post card. I do hope you had a good weekend.
On Friday night, we got four baby kittens – Chicken Little, Kit, Tina, and Kim. They’re all girls, & Chicken Little hasn’t got a tail. Geee, they’re cute & real little and bundles of mischief. I’ve been taking lots of photos so next letter, I’ll send you one. Please remind me, eh?
I’ve been madly making clothes & buying them. I got a new bikini – briefer than last years & prettier. I’m going to a formal dinner dance on November 20 and I have to get a long dress. I’m getting a pale blue silk shantung. Its lovely.
I saw “Cat Ballou”, “The Sound of Music”, and want to see “My Fair Lady”. Cat Ballou was a scream. Lee Marvin was tremendous.
Actually, I’m running out of paper, this is the last page, so I’ll have to finish up. Thanks for being so patient, have a good holiday, etc,
Lots of love,

Elizabeth Bay Cresc, Elizabeth Bay NSW, Australia
2nd December 1965
Dear Ilona,
How are you going? Life’s treating me pretty well actually. I’ve been out with 3 different boys in one weekend; the exams are over’ vacation for summer is coming up next week and my sisters getting married next July 1 to start with. Last weekend I went to a 21st birthday party with one boy on the Friday night, on the Saturday night I went to a Sailing Club to celebrate a friend of mine’s 19th birthday with another boy and on Sunday night I went to a cricket party with another boy 0 the best. The third boy – who play cricket really well – I met the week before at a formal dinner dance. At the dance, there were 90 people and a terrific band called the Ricochets played. I wore a long straight simple aqua silk dress with a low square back. I had my hair set with it behind on ear turning under & over the other ear and turning up. I had some photos taken and next time I’ll most likely send you one – if you want one! The boys name is Russ Byrne and hes beaut. I know quite a few of his friends – not through him though. This weekend I’m only going to the movies – so far.
The final exams finished a couple of weeks ago & we get out results in January I think next week we break up for our annual 2 months summer vacation. At the moment though I don’t go on Thursday ‘cause the only decent thing we do is sport & that’s not till 2.30-4.30.
In Sydney we get several teenage shows – Shindig, Hullaballoo, Saturday Date, 90 Bandstand, Action, and Top Pop The last 5 are all Australian shows.
When the Shrimp (Jean Shrimpton) came out here for the Melbourne Cup (Nov 3) she brought lots of dresses with hems 3-6 ins above the knees, but we had already had them out here for several months. It still caused some commotion though! Most of the Australian schools have uniforms We don’t wear ordinary clothes, it makes us look forward to the weekend much more. Most of us wear blouses or shirts, ties and a tunic sort of thing over them. We wear bobby sox & shoes like boys. Most unfeminine etc. but as I said we do look forward to weekends where just about anything is “in”. Slacks & tops to casual and formal dresser.
Not only do I make money by working a Woolies, but I also baby sit occasionally for a friend of ours who has a 3 year old terror and a 3 month old darling – boy & girl resp. Dad & I are going to Melbourne from Jan 2 – Jan 18. Mum’s selling Avon as a pastime, & quite unexpectedly, we’re booked into a motel there called “Avon” by the tourist bureau.
I have also won myself two new hearts at work; so things are looking up for the summers season. Got myself a new bikini – briefer than last year, but I’m back on a diet – obvious reasons! Going to see My Fair Lady tomorrow with the school. Should be good. Got to go – love to all
P.S. I’ll be a bridesmaid I hope to my sis. In July next year (hope!)

Australia Linda Does Go on, and on, and on…But Lots of Info on Life Down Under

Beverly Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay Sydney N.S.W. Australia
Tuesday April 20, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Our drought has broken – in Sydney & suburbs at least. It rained most of last week. Happy Easter! Did you go away over easter week. We didn’t. We broke up from school on Wednesday, & on Thursday Lynne (you know her, don’t you.) & I worked at Woolies. On Good Friday, we went to my relatives for afternoon tea, & then I went to stay at Lynne’s the night. Had a great time ‘cause her parents were away. I left on Saturday morning to go skating with another firend & met Lynne afterwards & she came & stayed Saturday & Sunday nights. On Sunday we went to the football which was quite good & on Monday morning we went to the Show/tell you about it later) & on Monday afternoon Haig (Lynne’s boyfriend who’d been camping) came & collected her & took her home. Today I went to work – again, but Lynne didn’t as it is her birthday – Sweet 16. Now we’re up-to-date about my Easter holiday. Back to school tomorrow but Monday is another holiday – Anzac Day.
To get back to the “Sho”. This is an annual event. Every easter we have The Royal Navy Easter Show. It is mostly agricultural & all the stores & candy manufacturers have stands etc. where they sell sample bags. There are ring events – horses etc., and there are dog & cat shows. Amusements are predominant. Homes & cars are on show, too. All in all, it is a major event of the year – all the kids look forward to it every year. Actually, it’s the largest show of its kind in the world.
I’m glad you’ve heard our song (Devoted to You) We’re just as up-to-daate with the pop songs & dances as you are, & if I can get one, I’ll enclose a music guide (as you call them) Popular dances at the moment are:- the Swim the cling, the hitchhiker, the clam and still the stomp.
Mary Poppins is here too, & I want to see it. Also, I’m going to see The Sound of Music, this week – most likely Friday night. Goldfinger has been around for ages here, too, but I haven’t seen itas yet. Another film that’s been around for a while is Girl Happy with elvis. I haven’t seen one of his movies for ages.
We get both magazines you mentioned – at least I think we do. You said 16, well we get 17 – I think – they’re most likely the same We get Teen, as weel as a lot of other American & English magazines.
I wish you had a tape recorder too, ‘cause we have & I’d love to let you here the pop songs popular over here, even though they’re the same as over there. Have you heard the Chad Mitchell Trio. They’re tremendous. I love folk singing & gospel sons. Also, I like mod fashions what about you.
I don’t’ think Ron would have any one interesting to write to you. He can’t be bothered to write to his own friends back in Ireland. Actually, I haven’t seen him for a couple of weeks. I’ve been awfully busy.
A friend I’ve known for absolutely ages in fact ever since I came here to Sydney, is leaving tomorrow. Really she’s only moving, but she’s lived upstairs for so long, she’s like part of the furniture. She’s making her debut in June.
A friend of mine, Andrew Lion, just got a car last week. He goes to Uni (he’s 17) so his father got him a car. It’s a pretty little thing. Hope he gives me a ride in it soon.
How’s your social life going- slow or fast. Mines been pretty wild & its getting better. On May 12 I’m going to a semi-formal dance with Ron & the skating season opens officially that day so I hope to go skating with Chris (Furguson) a lot. You’ll most likely hear more about him.
You know, I really should go. I’ve got a stack of French & English left over from the weekend to do & its 10:00pm & I’ve got school tomorrow & I’m dog-tired too I’ll have to close, do you know that? Besides, I’ve done 6 pages. I’ll get a top 40 (what we call music guides) & send it to you. You never know. If you can borrow a tape recorder, I might send you a tape. It’d be by sea mail tho, ‘cause I’m not that rich.Well, I really do have to go now. Write soon – I know I didn’t ask much but well find something to write about, huh,
Lots of Love
P.S Remind me to tell you about my plans for school etc. will you?

take a breathe – there’s more!

Beverly Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay Sydney N.S.W. Australia
June 15, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Thank you for your letter, and birthday card. Things are going very well for me lately, except the exams started today, and they’re pretty though. We had English this morning – it ran from 9.20 till 12.20. Boy, was I famished! It wasn’t too bad but everyone thought it terrible – maybe I didn’t do as hot as I thought. This afternoon we had French Oral – comprehension and dictation from a tape recorder (there’s that word again!) It was disgraceful. No one could understand it, it was all blurred and winky. We’re going to ask them to do it again.
How are your holidays. I’ve just finished mine – worse luck. Had quite a good time though. The first weekend I had a party, I worked some of the next week – Woolworth. I also went into town with Lynne and got some fantastic material for a suit. The next weekend we – Lynne, Heug, John Colin, Mike, Bob and I (known generally as the group) just mucked around – went to the movies etc. I worked part of the next week too, And Mum and I went into town (Yes, again) and got some shoes, a handbag, a sweater and a blouse and a few unmentionables.
Next week Lynne and I visited the grandmothers and a girlfriend. All in all, I had a beauto holiday.
We just had a long weekend. I went to Lynne’s on Friday afternoon after school and we studied a bit. The boys came up and saw us because they were going away camping. We went to work on Saturday morning, and I had the most fantastic time. An old boyfriend who often comes around and takes me out, came up to see me. He’s coming over next Saturday afternoon. Also, do you remember Tony – the one who works at Woolies? Well, after all the months I’ve known him, he finally asked me out! To a ball, no less! I haven’t accepted yet, but I hope I get Mums permission. I don’t know what I’ll do with John, that night.
Anyhow Lynne and I put in 7 ½ hours study that afternoon and night – her parents were away, & we wouldn’t let her sister come home so we were by ourselves All about 3 pm Sunday afternoon. We stayed in bed all day, studying, The, that night we went to the “reservoir” and ran around ti 2 or 3 times. Its only about ½ to 1 mile around. We’d put in 7 hours study that day and needed some fresh air.
Monday (yesterday) we studied most of the day, but let up last night and went out with the boys for a couple of hours. Gee I can rave on, can’t I. We did all out own cooking on the weekend. It was great.
Yes I did get the newspapers, just a couple of days after your letter. Thanks. I’m getting quite a collection. I’ve got some from Canada, too.
Mary Poppins is here, but as it’s going to be on for about a year or so, I’m not falling over my feet trying to get to see it. Goldfinger’s still here & so is Girl Happy. “My Fair Lady” comes on June 29 I thinkg but its been in Melbourne for ages.
I’ve decided I’m going to become a teacher. That means 2 more years of school after this with a good pass and 2 years at Teachers Collee before I’m qualified, but I don’t mind. I’ll most likely scrap that idea before long and become an ordinary run-of-the-mill stenographer!
For our next holidays which come in August, September, Lynne and I want to go away to Surfers Paradise for a week and a half. Don’t know what my parents will say – I’m going to catch them in a good mood! – cause I’m a year younger than Lynne, but we’lll be staying at Dad’s friends Motel. Lynne’s parents are all for it. We’d go up by bus which costs about £10 ($20, I think) return and acoommodation should be free. Meals won’t be a problem – we’ll live on hamburgers. Just hope we can go.
I’m madly sewing everything I can lay my hands on. We do dressmaking at school next week ‘till the end of the year. Set is a nightgown, but it’ll only take me about a week to make it. I made a lined suit in 6 days, & that was only the second thing I’d ever made. All by myself, too.
I’m sure something’s wrong with the mail. About 5 people owe me letters. And I’ve been waiting for 2 ½ months for one! No one loves me. I got about half a dozen 17’s (magazines) last week and I’ve been madly studying the fashions of this season. Winter here. I was in the paper today fortnight ago! An old ship was found of North Head (in the harbor) that sand 104 years ago, and Lynne & I had our photo taken looking at some of the relics. Stars, now!
Well I’ve rambled on for pages & pages – gosh 7 pages! I’ll be poor for a month after I send this! Tell me what you’re doing on your vacation, huh?
Lots of Love,