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Through the Ages: 1990's


My Place

In the 1990s, the dramatic economic and social changes of the two previous decades were changing how Australians lived. As a result of the Cold War ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, there was also a spirit of global optimism.

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.


It's the 90s and the Ferrone family's palate goes on a culinary tour as they experience the changing face of Aussie cuisine with the 'new' flavours of Vietnamese foods, and the 'old' wisdom of indigenous cooking.

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. 

The 1980s was a period of glitz, glamour and excess and in the 1990s alternative became the new mainstream. Baby Boomers were raising families and Gen X was hitting its teenage years. MTV, VCRs and video games changed how we experienced entertainment. And the internet was about to change everything.

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 started in recession and with two networks in receivership, and a third being sold back to its former owner for a fraction of what it had been bought for. Cost cutting and tight budgets became increasingly common.

National Film and Sound Archive

ABC Education

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


Religion in Australia 1970's to 2001