Pubs and Publicans of Tasmania's Old West by Patrick James Howard | PB
The late 19th century mining boom on Tasmania’s west coast created a strong demand for accommodation. Consequently there was also a boom in the number of hotels established in the Queenstown, Gormanston, Strahan and Zeehan regions.
Unfortunately many people regarded these hotels as grog shops conducted by unscrupulous publicans who were out to make money out of the miners whom they served. This book traces the history of these hotels and shows that, in fact, many were important centres for socialising, relaxing and facilitating a sense of community. Pubs and Publicans of Tasmania’s Old West is as much a product of the author’s lifetime experiences as it is of research.
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