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  • Time Gents, Please….

    “Time gents, drink ’em up”, was the barman’s call as six o’clock approached and the taps were turned off for another day. The six o’clock swill was Australian and New Zealand slang for the last-minute rush to buy drinks before the… Read More ›

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  • Eveleigh Hotel, Redfern

    GENTRIFICATION is around the corner for arguably Sydney’s last working class inner-suburb, Redfern. But, for those who appreciate the remnants of working class Sydney, there’s still a few traditional pubs worth a visit. One of my favourite Redfern pubs is… Read More ›

  • He can shout – if he likes

    This week the Sunday Telegraph asked the President of the United Liquor Victuallers Association (ULVA), Mr N. Connolly, the attitude the ULVA would adopt toward a Sydney publican who reintroduced the pre-war gesture of “shouting” rounds of drinks for his… Read More ›

  • Continental Hotel, Broome

    By John Larkins * THERE could have hardly been a more Australian pub than the old tin Continental at Broome. A great, ugly edifice but oh, so charming. One day they decided it had lived too long. So they began… Read More ›

  • Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills

    “LET’S drop into the ‘Shakey’ for a bite and a beer,” was my suggestion as we battled the traffic towards Sydney from Wollongong today. A morning visiting dad in Coledale Hospital, and the thirst inducing drive north to Sydney, through… Read More ›

  • Hotel shortages

    ALL the situations conceived by Gilbert and Sullivan in their libretto, “Box and Cox,” have been brought on to the stage of real life at Wollongong, rejuvenated city of steel and coal on the South Coast of New South Wales…. Read More ›

  • Villawood Hotel, Villawood

    YOU know that glare? That glare you get when you walk into an unfamiliar pub? Is there a more uncomfortable feeling? Yes. When you walk into an almost empty bar, order your beer and take a seat – presumably where… Read More ›

  • Sydney’s 1950s “Super Pubs”

    IN an effort to spread evenly the number of pubs around a rapidly expanding Sydney, the NSW Government began encouraging the transferral of inner-city pub licenses out into the suburbs during the late 1940s. One of the first “Super Pubs”… Read More ›

  • Lennox Hotel, Parramatta

    THE Lennox Hotel was located on the south west corner of George and Smith Streets Parramatta, NSW. The pub opened as a Tooheys tied house in October 1958 and traded for less than 30 years before it was closed in… Read More ›

  • Tattersall’s Hotel, Parramatta

    By MICK ROBERTS © MARGARET Creasey must have been weary of banks. Twice, banks purchased her pubs at Parramatta, and moved her from successful operating businesses over her 26 year career as a hotelier. Margaret, along with her husband John, established… Read More ›