|"I thought I'd learnt everything at 15 ; "a teenager during the 1940s|
Ivan never smoked, but his sister tried smoking briefly "to be in with the others" at training college.
Alcohol was not sold after 6pm and you had to be 21 to enter a pub. Didn't really try sneaking into pub, instead drank soft drinks, and ginger beer, with alcohol for special occasions.
Discusses dinner party with 16 guests out on by himself and uncle. Played tricks in dark, (pretending there had been a murder).
Worked long hours and kept regular customers by creating a rapport with them. Worked in shop: "W Yandek Family Butcher".
Describes practising for and sitting drivers licence. [Funny and interesting story about practical test].
Describes work in butchers shop. Worked as a team. After finishing work as butcher started his own dry cleaning business, then worked in insurance.
Describes different courses of study available at school, and what some friends went on to do after school.
Travelled on a train to Auckland for holidays about three times a year. Visited relatives, the Zoo, Museum, Civic Theatre, and photographic equipment shops. For family holidays went camping in Tauranga - every year the car would overheat as they drove up the Kaimais.
Loved swimming and frequently got sunburnt, unaware of cancer risks.