I Remember When The Lovin' Life Linky

I REMEMBER WHEN … we used to have cracker night!

July 6, 2017
cracker night, crackernight, fireworks, child, 1963

cracker night, crackernight, fireworks, child, 1963

With it recently being 4th of July and Independence Day over in the USA where they celebrate at night with firecrackers, it got me thinking about when I was a kid and we used to have ‘Cracker Night’.  I was quite young so the memories are dim but they are there!  I do recall a gathering of neighbours out on front footpaths of our street creating a real sense of community, excitement, and so much fun!   I also remember some of the more mischievous kids causing havoc by blowing up letterboxes!  It was these nostalgic thoughts that have prompted another I REMEMBER WHEN post from me for this week.

cracker night, kids, fireworks, bonfire, firecrackers

cracker night, kids, fireworks, bonfire, firecrackers

cracker night, kids, fireworks, bonfire, 1961, firecrackers

For any young child growing up in the suburbs of 1950’s, 1960s & 1970s Australia (late 1960’s & 1970’s for me), Cracker Night was right up there with your birthday, Easter, Christmas and for us Brisbane folk – the Ekka.  It was something you saved your pocket-money for and very much looked forward to.  It was a night of Skyrockets, Bungers, Po-hahs, Thunders, Tom Thumbs, Ball-shooters, Throwdowns, Roman candles, Blazing Parachutes, Catherine wheels and more. 

 firecrackers, crackers, cracker night, fireworks

 
firecrackers, crackers, cracker night, fireworks
 
firecrackers, crackers, cracker night, fireworks, po ha crackers,
 
tom thumbs, cracker night, fireworks, firecrackers
 
roman candle, cracker night, kids, fireworks, bonfire, firecrackers

Roman Candle

 
catherine wheel, cracker night, fireworks, firecrackers

Catherine Wheel

 
Sadly, Queensland (that State in which I grew up and still live) banned unlicensed people buying, selling, using or having fireworks in 1972 (I was only 8 years of age) and thus ended our beloved Cracker Night.  Fireworks were banned obviously for safety reasons.  At the time ‘Cracker Night’ was banned in Queensland, fireworks were apparently the third-largest cause of eye injury in the state.  There were also incidents that occurred on ‘Cracker night’ which sometimes left people with permanent serious injuries and disabilities.
 
Cracker Night was celebrated on one of two dates throughout Australia: either 24 May in commemoration of Empire Day or on 5 November, honouring the traditional Guy Fawkes Day celebrations that continue to be practiced across Britain every year.  I recall Cracker Night being during cold weather so I’m pretty sure we used to have Cracker Night on 24 May. 
 
For a bit of fun here is Aussie Icon – John Williamson’s song ‘Cracker Night’.  I love it!
 

 

Do you remember cracker night?  Care to share some memories of how you used to celebrate the night?  Join in the nostalgia!

Ciao for now
 
 

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  • Jo Tracey July 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I remember it so well. I remember Dad nailing the wheels to the fence & we’d all wait & nothing would happen – until he got close enough to twirl it…at which time it would spin around in a sparky blur. Loved it. Thanks for the memories.

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Such great memories aren’t they?! Loved hearing your little memory snippet. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Deborah July 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    We only ever had sparklers as kids – the metal ones like in your first and third pics. My dad was probably a bit risk averse so always saw the worst case scenario (that’s where I get it from I suspect). But yes, I do remember those days….

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 10:59 am

      My memories aren’t strong enough to remember what fireworks we were allowed to let off but I’m pretty sure my Mum and Dad would have erred on the side of caution also. Still got to see what the neighbours all let off too so I do remember it being loads of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Kathy Marris July 6, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Yes I remember Guy Fawkes Day and Cracker Night. In my neighbourhood as a child it involved building a huge bonfire and then letting off copious amounts of crackers. It was such a fun night and one that we all looked forward to. What great memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ #TeamLovinLife

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Great times weren’t they? I understand the safety issue but such a shame today’s kids don’t get the same experience. xo

  • Sydney Shop Girl July 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I remember the smell of sparklers the most. And being just a little terrified that I’d catch something alight. But so worth overcoming the fear to see them sparkle and sizzle.

    SSG xxx

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

      I remember the noises and just being in complete awe of it all! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Chris July 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I remember fireworks clearly, from my own childhood and from my kids’ childhoods as we live in the ACT and fireworks were only banned here in 2009 or thereabouts. Sure it was fun at the time, but I also remember us kids encouraging our beloved dog to bite at the spinning crackers in the ground when we were young in moments when parents weren’t around for a bit of sport (how she didn’t get hurt I don’t know) and then at uni I recall crackers being fired into crowds of people for a bit of a lark. I remember many stories of terrified animals, lost fingers and eyes, and even worse. Have to say, I don’t miss them at all. Good to have happy memories but best to stay as that.

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Wow I didn’t know it was banned as late as 2009 in the ACT! I agree with you Chris – great memories and fun times but best to leave it as it is now. A friend just told me over on my blog’s FB page that she remembers her dressing gown catching on fire and her Mum getting it off her just in time before she got burnt. There would have been so many similar incidents. Not exactly a safe event in the hands of inexperienced people!

  • JODIE FILOGOMO July 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I never loved fireworks even as a kid!! Funny how some things never change, right? But I do love watching them from afar!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      They can be a bit scary and loud Jodie – I can understand enjoying them better from afar! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  • Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject July 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I loved cracker night! We always had a big bonfire with the neighbours (I’m sure a lot of nice antiques got burnt as nobody wanted them in the 1970s!). Such as shame we’ve gone all PC and it’s been outlawed. #TeamLovinLife

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      I don’t have detailed memories of cracker night as I was pretty young but I know we used to celebrate with neighbours too and it was loads of fun! So typical of you to think of antiques getting burnt Lyndall! lol What a dreadful thought knowing what we know now! It is a shame Cracker Night is a thing of the past. I understand the safety concerns though. Shame they couldn’t have kept it but put in place some rules or regulations to keep it safer maybe?

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I can’t believe I never got to experience cracker night – no such thing existed in WA that I was aware of – and I’m older than you! Qld must have been a more open minded state when it came to stuff like this – the most we had were cap guns that had those little bits of black gunpowdery stuff in them – and my brothers used to make bolt bombs – but no firecrackers ๐Ÿ™

    • Min July 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Oh Leanne – no way! Really? You didn’t have it in WA? That’s a shame but at least you probably had a safer childhood! lol My brother had cap guns too. I was fascinated by them for some reason! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama July 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I was 5 in 1972, don’t remember it at all!

    • Min July 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Oh you poor young thing Janet! LOL You missed out on some fun! I was 8 in 1972 – only 3 years older but enough to have some memories of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit July 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I did a post on this too back on our Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend which was our cracker night. I miss it., Though I don’t miss setting my Nanna on fire …
    We had it for a lot longer in the ACT so my memories are much more recent than yours. So are some of the war wounds. LOL. You can read about it here:
    http://www.deepfriedfruit.com.au/2017/06/day-2797-queens-birthday-long-weekend.html

    #teamlovinlife

    • Min July 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Oh yes I think it was Chris that said it was only banned in the ACT in 2009!! I never realised anywhere in Australia was still having Cracker Night as late as that! I’m off to read your post now!