I’m an American who lived in Australia in the 80s… most of its familiar to me too. Can I add a couple from my days in Melbourne? Something tells me it might apply to kiwis too…
Mellow Yellow and Coke yo-yo’s were popular (around-the-world, free-style, walk-the-dog…)
And marbles were huge in 1983-1984. Cat’s eyes, dogs eyes, glassies, etc.
Pushing down your knee socks in primary school (while the teachers weren’t looking).
Jaffa Big M.
I remember having to buy Aussie bikini-style undies because everyone laughed at me whitey-tighty knickers.
We had fish 'n chips every friday too… my parents would send me to the shop to get “Five fried flakes and fifty cents of chips.” My kiwi friend Simon called it ‘fush and chups.’
Our video player was a beta, not a vcr.
red rashes from landing on the springs of our neighbor’s tramp (oline)
Dire Strites were ace.
Franko Cotzo was selling furniture.
Barry Humphries was just making his start as Dame Edna.
And speaking of Barry… wasn’t that everybody’s name?
Astro boy was on tv in English.
I read everything by Enid Blyton… Famous Five, Secret Seven etc.
Any of this sound familiar?