Three mugs at the pub

Three Sydney motorists, tired, hot, and more than just thirsty, flung wide the doors of a Wollongong hotel, and marched up to the bar. ‘Three mugs!’ one of them said to the fair one behind the counter. ‘Yes?’ she replied, ‘and what can I do for you?’ – Illawarra Mercury Friday 23 February 1940 Would you…

Publicans and guests ‘got by’ in one-day hotel strike

HOTEL bars in the Illawarra district were closed on Thursday owing to the one day stop work meeting of members of the Hotels and Restaurant Employees’ Union. For publicans’ wives and families it was one of the busiest days on record, as they carried on, serving meals and making beds. It was a warm and sultry day, Thursday – just the day for a  beer.…