Beaches Hotel opened as Thirroul Rex 70 years ago

The Beaches Hotel, Thirroul. Picture: The Beaches Hotel Facebook Page
Thirroul Rex Hotel, 1955. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.

WHEN Thirroul’s Rex Hotel opened for business in 1953, it brought to a close a campaign lasting almost 30 years by brewery giant, Tooth and Company, to have a pub in the seaside town.

Known today as ‘Beaches’, the pub, south of Sydney, opened for business on October 19, 1953, and this month celebrates 70 years of trade.

The Rex opened as a ‘tied house’, meaning it only sold products from brewery giant, Tooth and Company. To understand why the Rex was first built, also means an understanding of the ‘tied house’ system.

The tied house system, which was abolished in 1979 after a government inquiry found it breached the fair trading act, permitted breweries to exclusively sell products from a pub.

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  1. This article provides an interesting historical perspective on the Thirroul Rex Hotel and its ties to Tooth and Company. It’s amazing to see how the pub has evolved over the past 70 years. Cheers to their continued success!

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