The ‘sign-board’ banter between Chippendale’s Broadway Hotel and Barnabas Church

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Hotel Broadway in 1960. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.
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The Broadway Hotel today trades as Broadway Crown Hotel, 2018. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection.

The priest and the publican

By MICK ROBERTS ©

THE friendly contest of chaffing – perfected and usually kept within the bar-room – spilled outside onto one of Sydney’s busiest streets during the 1980s.

Chaffing – the pleasure of teasing each other in a good-natured way – has long been a past time of Australian pub drinkers.

A publican and Anglican minister, who performed their duties opposite each other, began trading witticisms about 1980 by means of signboard slogans that entertained thousands of people who travelled along busy Broadway.

Church of England Rector, Robert Forsyth and Broadway Hotel publican, Arthur Elliott engaged in the much-loved Sydney tradition for almost a decade.

The tradition sadly ended when the 148-year-old church, St Barnabas on the corner of Mountain Street and Broadway was destroyed by fire on May 10 2006.

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