In the tradition of Australian Pub Crawl, Douglas Baglin and Yvonne Austin have this time concentrated their efforts on a study of the 'liquid assets' of the pubs of Western Australia.
'Watering holes' or 'waterholes' - euphemisms for the friendly hostelry all come under the scrutiny of Douglas and Yvonne who have, in words and pictures, provided a host of information and history on the liquor trade and liquor dispensaries in the former Swan River colony. Even a Franciscan Mission at New Norcia fails to escape their notice.
Glancing through the pages of this book will reveal the important part played by the hotel in our social history and how it has changed to meet the demands of the present day. Here is an opportunity to reminisce about former days when 'Everybody was smiling ... (Everybody) ... was welcoming or being welcomed'. Certainly the welcome hasn't changed but whether we like it or not, it is clear from this book that the atmosphere of the hotel is gradually changing, sometimes for the better, but quite often, as Dom Serventy points out in his introduction, for the 'loneliness of the modern motel'.
Whatever we think of hotels in Western Australia, here is a book to inform and entertain. With over 100 plates in colour it is a splendid record of a great institution - the Western Australian pub.
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