The Popular Pub: When the Wowser Breasts the Bar.

THE Legislative Assembly has decided to permit publicans to sell non-intoxicating drinks after 9.30pm. It is expected that local publicans will follow the example of Glasgow by converting their hotels into social tea and refreshment rooms during prohibited hours.  – Truth (Melbourne, Victoria edition), Saturday 2 October 1915, page 2.

popular pubThe pub will be a godly place

When brought right up to date.

The Wowser will feel so at home,

He’ll pass around the plate!

When cold tea takes the place of beer,  

And coffee ousts “Three Star”,

‘Twill be a pleasing sight to see

The Wowser breast the bar.

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