A Precious Resource
Boomers love their children and grandchildren. Because like real-estate, livestock, ore deposits or lumber… young people are our future assets.
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There are currently 16 photographs in this section.
The last summer: For a brief moment at the beginning of the 21st century, it was still possible to leave children to themselves
At the steps of the swimming enclosure at Balmoral Beach, in Sydney's north (Apr 2005)
Frictionless conformity: A globally homogenised culture which made it easier to sell you things
A skateboarder at a vintage car display, opposite St Marys cathedral in Sydney (Jan 2005)
Grandfathering wealth: Our youth could look forward to a utopia of free education, affordable housing and steady employment in high-paying jobs
Pedestrians in the Sydney financial district (Jul 2004)
Perfecting childhood: Hands-on parents expected their children to grow into Mozarts, Rembrandts or Doctor Doug Ross
Busking at Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House (Jan 1999)
Structured play: All play had to be goal and team oriented to prepare for future careers
At the waterline at Bondi Beach (Mar 2003)
The Big Schlep: Get the twins to softball, pick up Indigo from the airport, take Hunter to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Then transfer the twins to netball, take Hunter to the Harmony Day dress rehearsal and drop off Indigo at the art & craft markets. Finally, get the twins to soccer practice, go home for a bite and then make sure Hunter and the twins are back home by 9pm
Darling Harbour playground (Jun 1992)
Preparing for the past: We laboured comprehensively to ensure things were easier for those who followed (Seawright, 2016)
Laps at the Coogee beach tidal pool, in Sydney's east (Mar 2003)
Bo-ho chic: Mainstream/ Indie/ Alternative/ Bohemian/ Underground… a celebration of quirky dressers who spent a little more time than most on curating their own look and style
Nightcluber on the Cronulla-Bundeena ferry, in Sydney's south (Jan 2005)
Lifelong entanglement: I would have followed you anywhere
Bethesda Terrace, Central Park NYC (Oct 2017)
On this harvest moon: The peace dividend gave our children a chance at a more normal life
Yininmadyemi sculpture, Hyde Park Sydney (Apr 2018)
Minutes to midnight: Despite all the punditry, even children realised we were running out of time
Footpath chalk drawings on Water Street, Dunedin NZ (Nov 2017)
Tween marketing trends: The role of glossy magazines was to teach young girls the importance of their appearance
Perusing fashion magazines in the now-defunct Angus & Robertson book-store beneath Centerpoint tower (Dec 2003)
The flipped classroom: Real wealth came from investing in people, research, innovation and society
Vaucluse high-school, since demolished, to make way for a vibrant community for the young at heart, in Sydney's east (Feb 2014)
No safe place: Fretting parents who left things too late; anxious grandparents out of their depth; abstruse pedagogical theorists run amok. Harm mitigation. Risk amortisation. Hypervigilance and a discourse of unquantifiable danger in every classroom, church and playground
An ironic end to a day at Taronga Zoo (Apr 2005)
For one brief shining moment: Where the working ended and the tests began
Blackwattle bay jetty (Jul 2017)
Baby on board:
A political system that leads to [young] people having so few resources that they do not have opportunities to pursue lives that they have reason to value (Grattan Institute, 2014)
Public ashtray on a monorail pole, at Sydney World Square (Oct 2013)
Baby Boom 2.0?
There is a mistaken belief that Australia underwent a new baby-boom 2000—2014.
Admittedly the number of registered births in Australia grew to record levels. For despite a decade-long reversal in the 1970s, the overall trend in birth numbers since 1935 was indeed steadily upward:
Yet a more interesting trend can be seen in the total fertility rate and the number of births per capita (ie. the total number of births divided by the total population, for each year). These clearly illustrate the broad decline in the proportion of Australian children born during the last seventy years:
Graph data is from:
3105.0.65.001 - Australian Historical Population Statistics, 2014 (ABS, 2014),
3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2012 (ABS, 2012) and
3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, 2014 (ABS, 2014).
The effects of these declining Birth & Total Fertility rates will be discussed at a later time.