The Boomer Legacy


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“The Boomer Legacy” uses photographs, text and diagrams to satirically explore impacts of the Baby Boomer generation. Launched in January 2013 and with over 240K page-views to date, the project is maintained without any external funding in its author's spare time.

The point here?… That images are a potent form of history, and history will not be kind.

Boomer Details

This project assumes the “Boomer” generation is defined demographically (ABS, 2004) to be limited to the period following WW2 when the sustained average total fertility rate was greater than 3.0 babies per woman:

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Fig.1   TFRs 1921-2019

More specifically, Australian boomers are those who were born between Q1 1949 and Q3 1964:

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Fig.2   Baby boomers from TFRs

Graph data is derived from: ABS Historical Population (ABS, 2019).

Note that other countries define their boomer generation slightly differently.

The USA, for example, start their boom earlier in 1946 because they use the number of births per 1000 population instead of total fertility rate (CDC, 2012). Alternatively some suggest the demographic definition of boomers is far too generic (eg. Menand, 2019), arguing that boomers are more of a cultural phenomenon and thus birth-date ranges are mostly irrelevant.


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