Cheap beer for politicians

SYDNEY, August 8.— Some of the liquor confiscated in police raids on Sydney night clubs will be given to inmates of State old folks’ homes at Christmas. But Government officials this week refused to disclose what quantities of it were… Read More ›

Illawarra’s first clubs: ‘The bar room had a plank nailed to the wall for seating’… and beds ‘for drunken miners to sleep off their liquor’

BY MICK ROBERTS© REGISTERED clubs, with their assortment of restaurants, bars and cafes, gymnasiums, and ‘mini-casinos’, have come along way from the timber cottages, offering dominoes and newspaper and magazine libraries, that began to appear throughout colonial New South Wales… Read More ›

The wild men of the 22 mile camp: ‘Here the visitor must either shout or fight’

By MICK ROBERTS © AMERICA’S Wild West could be considered tame compared to the wilderness separating what is today Sydney’s southern suburbs from the Illawarra region, during the mid to late 1880s. Notorious shantytowns sprang up in the bushland to… Read More ›

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