PARLIAMENT HOUSE BEER GARDEN
DURING World War One, the NSW Government decided to establish a beer garden in the grounds of Sydney’s Parliament House, on similar lines to those found in parts of Europe, and particularly popular in Germany.
Beer gardens were almost unheard of in Australian pubs at the time. The idea, at a cost of £20,000, wasn’t looked upon favourably by newspapers, especially considering Australia was at war with Germany.
The Adelaide newspaper, The Register, commented on the proposal to establish a beer garden at NSW Parliament House on November 13 1915: “The question has been raised whether a mistake has not been made in the telegram which said that the Sydney Parliament was considering a proposal for the establishment of a beer garden. Bear gardens seem to be more in the Sydney legislators’ line. But, on the other hand, a bear garden has long been an institution of Parliament House there.”
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