The Six O’Clock Swill

In the 1890s the temperance movement took off across Australia. At first laughed out of the room, the coming of World War One dramatically changed public attitudes and saw the cultural centre of towns and suburbs move away from the public bar. A new, arguably less civilised, drinking culture took hold across the land and Sydneysiders had to grapple with the tension between their disposition towards authoritarianism and their love of a hard and fast drink.

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