sly grog

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 ›

Out for a bargain: Police sell ‘sly-grog’ at auction

The auction of confiscated illegal liquor attracted big crowds, including local publicans, in Melbourne during the 1920s. Liquor that was confiscated by the law during raids on ‘sly-grog shops’ were often brought to auction by the Victorian Government to boost… 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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