Ware? wear? we’re?

Ware. In plural form, articles of merchandise (the trader sells his wares at the markets each Sunday); used today more to describe particular types of merchandise or manufacture (the hardware store stocks building materials, paint, builders’ tools etc; silverware is not as popular today because it requires constant cleaning)

Wear. To have as covering on the body (you need to wear warm clothes in winter; what dress will you wear to the wedding?); to smooth down (the continual washing of the waves will wear the rough edges off the stones); to deteriorate (if you continue to brake hard, you will wear the tyres); exhaust (you will wear out everyone if you continue to make the team practise all day)

We’re. A contraction of ‘we are’ (we’re not going to school today, we have the measles; when we’re hungry, we raid mum’s pantry)


From ‘The Right Word’ by Elizabeth Morrison.

What were we wearing in Australia during the 1960’s?

Elizabeth Morrison, author of The Right Word, has collaborated with her husband, photographer Ron Morrison, to create Those were the days, Australia in the sixties.

Many were wearing mini skirts! As evidenced by the documentary photographs now on exhibition at the Lovett Gallery in Newcastle Region Library.

Greg Ray from The Newcastle Herald reflects upon the ’60’s and the exhibition, which is open until the 2nd of February, 2014. Do you recognise the cityscapes below?


Each photograph in the exhibition is accompanied by a note, remembrance or detail.

The book is available directly through Exisle Publishing (currently offering a Free Express Post with purchases over $40.00, which may land this book in a nostalgic family member’s Christmas stocking). Visit the Exisle website for details on the offer.