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Memento : Issue 20
may 2002 memento 7 Historian Dr Michael McKernan revisited the troubled political times of John Gorton and William McMahon during their times as prime minister. Michael described 1971 as a year of intense dissent, when the Vietnam War and the racial policies of South Africa (brought to Australian domestic life by touring football and cricket teams) ignited mass opposition and public protest on a scale Australia had not experienced before. A number of readers have offered their thoughts on the purpose of the triangular buckets invented to help the war effort during World War II, as featured in our September 2001 issue of Memento. One reader suggested that their triangular design meant that more of them could be stored or carried on a truck, they were easier to carry as their flat surface would not roll against one's leg, and they were easier to pour since their triangular top formed a natural spout. Another reader offered two mind-boggling possibilities. One was that after strong lobbying from the Musical Director of the Australian Forces these shrapnel-proof boxes were developed for the military bands' triangles. The other was that these 'dunny buckets' were a response to the triangular results produced by the notorious 'X Ration Pack' developed around 1943! We can't say for sure which of these prompted the invention of the triangular bucket, but many thanks to those readers who volunteered their thoughts! The triangular bucket, one of the many intriguing inventions submitted to the Army Inventions Directorate during World War II. Performing duo John Shortis and Moya Simpson gave us a musical tour of 1971, combining prevailing political and social issues with the popular tunes of the times. We bopped along to Eagle Rock and the Push Bike song while reflecting on a time when 'Red' China could not be recognised and a Cabinet minister was heard to say land rights could be resolved by 'Aboriginals buying the land like everyone else'. Advertising guru Jon Maxim recalled the advertising industry in Australia in the early 1970s when Baby Boomers became the new target market, on triangular buckets update Advertising guru JonMa xi m Historian Michael McKern an Performing duo Moya Simpson and John Shortis NAA: MP100/3, 1 speakers summer television advertising was still young, and Australia's growing pride in its national identity inspired such 'ocker' advertising campaigns as 'I feel like a Tooheys', 'Where d'ya get it?' and 'Louie the fly'. Judging from the chuckles and keen audience participation, our series of summer speakers seems to have struck a chord. Our program of speakers for 2002 --- talking on pet topics under the banner 'Where's the Passion?' --- is listed on the back page. In January our popular summer speaker series looked back at the politics, music and advertising of 1971.