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First Sir George Tavern was washed away by the 1852 Murrumbidgee River floods 

THE most commanding building in the township of Jugiong, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, is undoubtedly the Sir George Tavern. An Irish settler, John Philip Sheahan, built the first Sir George Tavern on the banks of the… Read More ›

Wollongong’s ‘Upper Crown Street Push’, were ‘artistic types’, who met at the Royal Alfred Hotel

By MICK ROBERTS © LONG before the Sydney Push met in pubs around the harbour city, a group of “theatrical types, well primed with soda and a dash” paved the way for artists by reciting poetry and “warbling” songs in… Read More ›

Unlucky pub roustabout was killed by a train while on his way to collect a £30,000 inheritance

By MICK ROBERTS © A drifter, William Price did most odd jobs around the pubs where he worked in return for boarding and lodgings. He did jobs like tapping beer kegs or barrels, to collecting glasses, cleaning toilets, and emptying… Read More ›

The rise and fall of billiard saloons and their notorious ‘sports clubs’

By MICK ROBERTS © RELIGIOUSLY, during most of the first half of last century, a steady stream of men could be seen crossing the road, backwards and forwards, from Bulli’s Family Hotel to the billiard and hairdressing saloon, on Saturdays…. Read More ›

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