Exploring 1960s living in Australia

Exploring 1960s living in Australia

Author: Julie Brumwell

This tutorial will develop an understanding of the influences and developments in Australian popular culture from overseas post World War II 1945 -

In this tutorial you will briefly investigate the lifestyle changes Australia experienced during 1960s in relation to Popular Culture.

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Australia in the 1960s

The 1960s in context

The 1960s were a decade of political and social upheaval in Australia. Young people challenged the traditional values of their parent's generation and actively opposed the decisions of the government. Women demanded equal rights and others called for racial equality and a new consideration for the environment. Many more demonstrated against the Vietnam War, conscription and the nuclear industry.

Many of these protests were part of wider social movements taking place in other Western countries. Advances in communications technology meant that revolutionary ideas and voices of dissent could rapidly be transmitted and received around the world.

Australia's population increased throughout the decade, as European and British migrants continued to arrive. The late 1960s also saw changes to the White Australia Policy, which permitted a small number of skilled Asian migrants to settle in Australia.

Brief overview of 1960s