Assembly Hotel, Sydney

  PROUD BEAUTY SCORNS THE DEMON RUM YOU can see Sydney’s only religious cockatoo any time in the saloon bar of the Assembly Hotel, Phillip-street. The cockatoo, called Smith, lives there, but he: Refuses alcohol of any kind, and cannot… Read More ›


Cocky takes to drink

Curley Elphick, barman at a Wagga Wagga hotel (NSW), photographed with his pet cockatoo, which drinks a middy of beer a day. Photo: The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) Friday 20 October 1950.

Shouts for horse

This Sydney carter has the “kindness to animals” spirit. In the terrific heat recently, he had a pot of beer himself and then “shouted” for his horse. – The Longreach Leader (Qld) Saturday 28 November 1936.

Royal Hotel, Dungog

A STRANGE VISITOR. On Tuesday afternoon a ‘cheeky’ rabbit was seen running down Dungog’s’ main street, between the School of Arts and Green’s. Suddenly, it changed its mind, turned round and, to the yells and whoops of the children who had just… Read More ›

Lorne Hotel, Lorne

THE VARIETIES OF SUBURBAN LIFE – A CURIOUS COW. At the Colac Court, Victoria, Nellie Rooke, licensee of the Lorne Hotel, sued J. T. Anderson, storekeeper, of Lorne, for trespass by a cow. The cow was a source of constant… Read More ›