Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia's Female Publicans

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 256 pages
Author: C. Wright
Year: (2003) 2014
ISBN: 9781922182579
Other: 2nd ed., b&w photos, bibliography, index
Publisher: Text Publishing

Clare Wright’s award-winning research challenges the myth that the Australian pub is a male domain, revealing the enduring and dynamic presence of female publicans behind the bar. Wright takes the reader on a pub crawl through this history: from Sarah Bird, the 27-year-old convict who was Australia’s first female licensee, to Big Poll the Grog Seller, the miners’ darling on the goldfields, to Cheryl Barassi and Dawn Fraser in recent years.

Handsomely illustrated and weaving oral history interviews, archival sources, folk songs, bush ballads and other popular literature throughout the narrative, this groundbreaking book exposes the remarkable visibility and dominance of women in Australian hotel-keeping culture.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Author's Note: 2014 Edition
1. A Colonial Pub Crawl

Part 1. 'Likely to keep orderly houses': Female publicans and the law
2. A Monument to Her Enterprise
3. Traditions: From 'Shebeen' to 'He or She'
4. Property and Marriage: An Unholy Alliance
5. Person or Woman?

Part 2. 'The very nature of things': The politics of public housekeeping
6. Minogue's Case
7. The Fallout: Press and Parliament
8. The Licensed Victuallers' Association
9. The Brewers

Part 3. 'A first class family hotel ... furnished like a home': Hotel space, a woman's place
10. Mapping Elizabeth Wright
11. 'Open House' 
12. The Hotel as Family Home: An Inside Story
13. Pub-licity

Part 4. 'She knows what she's about': Controlling he public house
14. Making an Impression
15. Women's Temperance, Class and Social Power
16. 'The Buxom Matron Behind the Bar'
17. 'Dignity is the Right Word'
18. The More Things Change


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