From Glory Boxes to Grindr: Dating in Australia 1945-2015 is an oral history exhibition about the experiences of dating and young love over the last 70 years. The 16 narrators featured on this website canvas the range of Australian youthful experiences of dating, love and sex: sex education and courtship; teen pregnancy and adoption; interracial relationships; coming out and sexual discrimination.
Our oldest narrator recalls the ‘glory boxes’ that young women in the first half of the twentieth century used to gather linen and other household items for their prospective marriage. Our youngest narrator describes using a dating app in the 2000s.
Most of the extracts come from the ‘First loves’ chapter of our forthcoming book Australian Lives: An Intimate History, which draws upon the 300 interviews recorded for the Australian Generations Oral History Project.
Learn more about the project at http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/australian-generations/