She Couldn’t Buy Her Beer

australian hotel sydneyTHIS woman went into the main bar of the Australia Hotel, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, last Wednesday afternoon and asked for a beer. Barmaids refused to serve her. She then helped herself to several beers standing on the counter before a group of men. She said she had just arrived from England, where it was customary for women to be served in hotel bars. When the men, whose beer she drank, ordered more for themselves, the barmaids refused to serve anyone until the woman left. Finally a hotel attendant escorted her, loudly protesting, out of the bar. She refused to give her name. Liquor laws do not prevent women from drinking in Sydney bars, but it is contrary to practice.

– Townsville Daily Bulletin, 9 November 1946


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