Me ‘n’ Pete

Barwon Rd Gang Cover 2AGerard Charles Wilson

This is the third book in the family history series 1946-1953 due 2021

The 1950s, as those who lived through them would know, were so different from the first decades of the new century that they now seem like another world – a world of social and moral values directly opposed to those of the present. In the social atmosphere of today it seems hard to imagine it possessed any real social and moral coherence.

The author, a pretty ordinary fifties boy – perhaps a little naughtier than most – looks back on those years, telling the story as much about the world he grew up in as about himself. Among other things, he seeks an explanation as to why he maintained features of that world, in particular his religious beliefs, when so many of his contemporaries not only jettisoned them, but came to despise and feel ashamed of what once was. The story includes the reminiscences of his life-long best friend Pete who was a rubella baby.

The story starts in 1946, the year of the authors’s birth, and goes through to the end of 1953, the year in which Queen Elizabeth was crowned. Looking back, the author sees 1953, first class in the infants school, as the end of a phase in his overall development.

Part four will begin in 1954, the last year of infant school under the Mercy nuns and the beginning of a new consciousness about the world. It will go through to the end of 1958 under the Christian Brothers at St Pius X College, Chatswood, a suburb on Sydney’s north shore.

THE COVER PHOTO: The Lane Cove Gang from left to right: Christine, John & Peter Allison, Michael, me (with my tongue out!) and Marie, and Mum holding Narelle. Taken in December 1949.  


Writer … and still in the fifties