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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has light surface rubbing, and light creasing and wear to the top edge. The first page has an address sticker in the top right corner (5x2cm). There is light age spotting to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 193 x 269 mm
Pages: 327
Publisher: A.H & A.W. Reed Ltd.
Publication date: 1984 revised & enlarged edition


Tavern in the Town
By James McNeish

The history of our public houses is New Zealand social history at its most exuberant. As the author points out, our social history was baptised in alcohol. Pubs came first - before houses, before churches, before banks. They gave birth to live theatre, to libraries, militias, Masonic lodges, elections, even parliaments. The first Temperance leagues were founded in pubs, also the first post offices. Our pioneer publicans ran grog shops on every coast, calico shanties in Northland and Westland, stone inns and coaching hostelries, ford, ferry and accommodation houses wherever they were needed. They also smuggled firearms, ran houses of ill-fame, feuded and fought. As late as the 1930s there was a fight in a West Coast pub between a man and a bear.

The author has revised his original edition and brought it up to date. He has also discovered some remarkable new material. This edition of Tavern in the Town contains seven new chapters and an outstanding collection of old photographs, many of them previously unpublished.


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