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Suburban bars crowded for start of late closing
Title : Suburban bars crowded for start of late closing Suburban bars crowded for start of late closing
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Source : Advertiser, 29 September 1967, p. 1
Date of creation : 1967
Format : Newspaper
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On 28 September 1967, late night closing came to South Australia and 'took the suburbs by storm' (The Advertiser 29 September 1967, p.1). From this date onwards, hotels could stay open until 10 o'clock at night.

For the previous 51 years, closing time had been the occasion of the infamous '6 o'clock swill' when many drinkers downed as many drinks as they could in the hour after finishing work. During World War One years, 6 o'clock closing had been introduced partly in response to campaigning by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and partly as a wartime austerity measure. Early closing was introduced in South Australia in 1915, and in the next few years, other Australian states adopted similar conditions.

South Australia was the last state to extend closing hours, with legislation forwarded by Premier Don Dunstan.

Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :

Freeland, JM The Australian pub Melbourne University Press, 1966

'Strong plea for care by drinkers' Advertiser, 28 September 1967, p. 1

Internet links :
A "Suitcase Parade" of women opposed to changes to six o'clock closing 1938 (SLSA South Australiana Database)

Don Dunstan Biography (Flinders University Library)

MilesAgosee People - Don Dunstan (Australasian music and popular culture 1964-1975)



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