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Newsweek magazine declared the year 1969 the “Year of the Commune”. A commune could be characterised as a large group of people (usually unrelated) living together in an arrangement where they shared chores, food, clothing, and each other.

The groups would often live together as a family, pooling their resources and abilities in order to coexist happily.

For the Hippie of the late 60s, the commune provided an environment of peace, love and harmony.

To the more conservative in the community, communes represented dangerous drop-outs who no doubt indulged in illegal drugs, illicit sex and plots against the Government.