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Through the Ages: 1980's


Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..

Daily Care- Cost of Living

The cost of living in the 1980's compared to today. 

My Place

After the social revolution of the 1970s, the 1980s witnessed an economic revolution that proved to be equally as far-reaching. At the same time, environmental and First Nations issues were gaining attention through the actions of everyday Australians.

Guardian 1980s Sport Blog

A list of articles from the Guardian talking about the history of Australian sport in the 1980s, with plenty of period photos.


The bicentennial year marked Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival with the 11 ships of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour in 1788, and the founding of the city of Sydney and the colony of New South Wales. 1988 is considered the official bicentenary year of the founding of Australia.


It's the 80s, a decade of big hair & a booming economy. Our family experience nouveau cuisine & check out the Atkins & Pritikin diets. The arrival of the microwave means the sharing a home-cooked meal begins to disappear.

In the 1980s and 90s the Ferrone family must work even longer hours to stay relevant and make a profit. Can they diversify their business to try and stave off the demise of the corner store?

Developments in technology over the last 200 years have changed the way we live, work and play. Travel back in time with the Ferrones as they try their best to adjust to life without modern technology. 

What do magpies, dugongs, goannas, yams, pie floaters, European vegetables and swans have in common? This clip explains, as animated pair Norman and Miranda serve up a timeline of Australian culinary history – from millennia before British settlement across more than two centuries since colonisation, to the multitude of influences on today’s cuisine.

The decade where greed was good… and television was leading the way.  Huge sums of money were spent on expensive productions, huge pay packets and improved technology and production values.

National Film and Sound Archive

ABC Education

From polite persuasion to radical activism — the birth of the modern environment movement in Australia.

Australian Bureau of Statisics


Between 1974 and 1994, on average, prices increased 4.5 times. In the same period, disposable household incomes increased 5.5 times.


Religion in Australia 1970's to 2001