Bulli Family Hotel

Pub customers’ loose change spurred the famous ‘Bulli Copper Derby’

By Syd Fairs* DURING the mid 1960s when middies of beer were nine cents and schooners a few cents more, customers generally left their copper change on the bars of local pubs where licensees usually donated this money to charity…. Read More ›

‘Terrible place, a pub with no beer’… The ‘schooner war’ and beer rationing

By MICK ROBERTS ©  “THERE’S nothin’ so lonesome, morbid or drear, than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer”; so goes the lyrics made famous by legendary country music entertainer, the late, great Slim Dusty. Slim Dusty’s… Read More ›

Need glasses? See an Optician!

DURING the 1940s, publicans were experiencing unprecedented theft of beer glasses from their pubs. One newspaper reported more than 700,000 glasses had disappeared from Sydney’s 600 metropolitan hotels in 1944, “In an amazing wave of petty thieving”. Hotels lost an average of 60 glasses… Read More ›

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