Way back in the fifties of the last century I often saw sights like this; though this is Auburn 1952 it could just as easily have been Sutherland 1954.
The infamous 6 o’clock swill. In our street this led to many a family having their tea (we didn’t say “dinner” in working class Sutherland) ruined as Dad staggered in barely conscious, or in fighting mood enough to give the wife and kids the back of his hand. Not pretty.
Not everything today is worse than it was way back then.
To a child passing nervously, the pub at that time was a frightening, noisy place, and the smell was unbelievable.
The photo is part of an exhibition Sydney’s Pubs: Liquor, Larrikins & the Law, scheduled for February.