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The Provincial, Dunedin’s oldest hotel, has witnessed much of the city's history.
The Matterhorn, 106 Cuba Street, Wellington.
A history of The Matterhorn, 106 Cuba St, Wellington.
An early espresso machine that resides at Cafe L'Affare on College Street, Wellington.
Kenneth Magill poster: tea, coffee and cocoa, early 1930s
The Blackball Working Men's Club in 2008.
Four men and a dog in the Denniston Hotel.
This feature was written by Simon Nathan with assistance from Margaret Hurst (National Library of New Zealand), and produced by the NZHistory.net.nz team. A note on sources The only accessible, day-by-day account of the boycott is from the files of the Greymouth Evening Star. While this is helpful in sorting out the chronology of events, the editor of the Star was clearly on the side of the hotels. His editorials opposed the boycott and suggested that the boycott was an example of malign communist forces.
By early December 1947 business was gradually returning to some pubs in the larger towns, but the boycott was still effective in smaller centres.
A number of Working Men's Clubs (WMCs) had been established in major urban areas since the late 19th century, but there were none on the West Coast. The beer boycott provided a catalyst for new debate.
After the first week of the Greymouth beer boycott it became clear that the Licensed Victuallers' Association (LVA), supported by the breweries, was not going to yield.
In mid 1947 there were rumours that the price of beer was about to rise. It was a decision that no publican wanted to take alone because customers might move to another hotel where prices were lower.
Between 1919 and 1967 all public hotels in New Zealand officially closed at 6 p.m., but these hours were only nominally observed on the West Coast.
What would it take for West Coasters to boycott their beloved beer? Greymouth hotel-keepers found out in 1947, when an organised attempt to raise the price of beer sparked one of the most effective consumer boycotts ever seen in New Zealand.
A petition demanding an end to the manufacture and sale of alcohol in New Zealand and containing more than 240,000 signatures was presented to Parliament.
Six p.m. closing of pubs was introduced as a 'temporary' wartime measure. It ushered in what became known as the 'six o'clock swill', as patrons aimed to drink their fill before closing time. The practice was to last for 50 years.
Six p.m. closing for pubs was introduced as a 'temporary' wartime measure in 1917. The resulting 'six-o'clock swill' encouraged binge drinking as patrons aimed to get their fill before closing time.
For many years the scramble for refreshments at railway stations was one of the central rituals of New Zealand life. In 1946 the Refreshment Branch served more than nine million travellers.
Linton schoolboys delivering the school milk c. 1941
The 'six o'clock swill' at the Porirua Tavern in 1967

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