Labelling ‘The Empress’

Part of the collection of 14,000 beer labels owned by Mr. Ray Pantano, licensee of the Empress of India Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Mr. Pantano has contacts all over the world and hopes to surpass the record 125,000 labels owned by an American collector…. Read More ›

Thirsty ‘budgie’ was the ‘drinkers’ friend’ and ‘one of the boys’ at Fitzroy’s Standard Hotel

A THIRSTY budgie became somewhat of a celebrity in 1954 when it featured in newspapers from Newcastle to Melbourne. Joe the five-week-old budgerigar, was said to have been the “drinkers’ friend” and “one of the boys” at its home at… Read More ›

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