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Aussie pub snapshots from the 1970s
Old 12-14-2012   #1
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Aussie pub snapshots from the 1970s

I've just posted these in the Gallery but thought it might be a good idea to share them here. Back in the 1970s I shot a series of photos at the local pub. I've recently rediscovered the negs and realised it's a bit of history that's disappeared - pubs are still thriving, but the culture and customs are now quite different.

My local pub was in a working class area. Most of the patrons were blue collar workers, tradesmen, non-professional white collar workers, and young people. Pubs and licensed clubs were (and mostly still are) the social hub of a community, along with community sporting clubs like surf life saving clubs.


Public bar at the Dee Why Hotel in Sydney, taken in the mid-1970s. Tri-X, V700 scan and processed in LR4.2.

The public bar was always the mens' domain. It was traditionally a bit of a rough place where the men would congregate at lunch and after work to down a few 'rounds' of 15oz schooners of beer and talk important mens' talk like cricket and football. The television on the wall was only turned on when a football or cricket match was broadcast. At those times the bar was packed. Each person in a group took turns to buy a round of drinks for all, so big groups tended to consume large quantities of beer before getting in the car to drive home - 6 to 8 schooners was commonplace. It was impolite to leave before waiting one's turn to 'shout' (pay for) a round. This was before random breath testing.

Most pubs had a separate 'Ladies' Lounge' where the women would gather. It was usually carpeted. There was also a 'Beer Garden' where both sexes could sit outside, and where children were allowed. The public bar was generally a no-go area for women, as they would be exposed to expletive-laden language and would be assumed to be a bit rough.

Pubs served more than a social function. They were a place where many working class and tradesmen found a job for themselves or their sons.





While the public bar was always the mens' domain, the beer garden was where the mixed-gender action was. Guys drank schooners, while the girls either drank Riesling, Moselle or beer with the boys. The 'Ladies' Lounge' was where the married women or girls groups would congregate and have privacy away from the men. But to meet the opposite sex the beer garden was the place to be.

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Old 12-14-2012   #2
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Great stuff! Thanks for posting. A bit foreign to me, since I'm younger. I wish that pub culture was more common here in America. Easier to find in big cities where the population is more dense and public transportation is more readily available.
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Ha ... No jog, No grog ... not fooling anyone mate. Great photos mate, I love old pub photos but sadly I've none from Oz, did you lot drink all day back then?

Anyway, which one is Keith's dad then? ... never mind I expect he'll be along sometime to deny it anyway ... Keith!

PS I also lament the end of getting one's round in, it's dying over here too
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These are great documentary photos, and the stories/background behind them is especially appreciated!
You've got a great little treasure, there. I hope you make some darkroom prints from them.
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A window into the past. I like it!
And someone must say it: Excellent B&W processing, Lynn!
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Excellent pictures Lynn, a genuine feel to those, I was almost there.
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not my time, i probably was still a work in progress back then. but how i would love to have experienced being in one of these pubs! thanks for sharing!
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Oh my god!
Can I have the Mixed Grill and a pint of VB please?
Amazingly good, and scary, all at once.
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Ha ... No jog, No grog ... not fooling anyone mate. Great photos mate, I love old pub photos but sadly I've none from Oz, did you lot drink all day back then?

Anyway, which one is Keith's dad then? ... never mind I expect he'll be along sometime to deny it anyway ... Keith!

PS I also lament the end of getting one's round in, it's dying over here too
I'm surprised you say that, the tradition is very much alive whenever I go down to 'the local' or into town, although my home town very much has a pub culture!
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Wonderful captures that show a community enjoying each others' company. The classic Aussie pub - space for spirited debate, most usually - Holden vs Ford, or VFL vs League vs Union.

Thanks for posting these treasures.
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Really great pictures and narrative!
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Simply wonderful photos and narrative.

I'm enjoying these along with your ballet photos very much, Lynn.

I'm hoping you have some more old negs to scan.

Thanks for posting.
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thanks for your interest and comments!
Stewart - Keith's dad would've been up north drinking XXXX. And yes, we did drink all day..
Brett - from memory VB wasn't very common north of the border in those days. The bar had Tooheys New and Old, Reschs DA, and Guinness. Some bars had Newcastle Bitter as well. And who can forget Ben Ean Moselle for the ladies - the favourite Le Gopener!

Barmaid in the public bar. She worked hard, was always cheerful and the boys all treated her with respect.
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Really evocative shots Lynn, I particularly like the first one.
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Charming, Atmospheric. Retro Cooool Lynn
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Thanks Lynn for resurrecting this thread I somehow missed in its time, interesting good pictures...
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