Great Depression a daily grind

By Michael McKernan
June 12 2020 - 2:00pm
A family standing outside a tin shack called Wiloma in NSW during the Great Depression in 1932. Picture: National Library of Australia

People of my generation grew up hearing about the Great Depression. My father lived through it as a young man, though he remained in employment throughout, because as a young man he was cheap to pay. Part of his job, week after week, was to hand out the 'pink slips', indicating dismissal of workers. He never forgot how it hurt. Men would break down in tears in front of him, knowing that they may not work again for several years yet.

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