Publican blames after hours’ beer on Father Christmas

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MELBOURNE, Tuesday – The woman licensee of a Ballarat hotel raided at midnight, told police who found three bottles of beer in the lounge: “They don’t belong to me Father Christmas must have dropped them through the roof”. Ownership of the beer was also denied by 14 other people found in the lounge. The Bench did not believe the licensee and fined her £5 on a charge of permitting persons on the premises.

– The Sydney Sun December 8 1942


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