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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2010, 18:02 
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I came across this in one of my walks around Sydney. Can't say I know much about them, but I assume they were once a lot more common than they are now. It's a cast iron men's urinal and it's located in an old part of Sydney known as The Rocks, under the Harbour Bridge, George Street North.

The entrance to it is at the back. I dont know if it's still in use, as I didn't want to look that closely just in case there was someone inside..........

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I found this old toilet still in use in Melbourne, just across from The Royal Exhibition Building. I knew I remembered seeing a few of these around Melbourne when I was a kid in the 80s and was sure they were all painted black.


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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2010, 00:04 
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There were changes to Liquor licensing legislation in both states that required many pubs to update their equipment and facilities. Whilst many were delicensed and closed down as a result, many others were reequipped and remodelled in the latest style - what we now call Art Deco style. The breweries engaged a number of architects who became specialists in this field. Fortunately many survive in Australian cities.

Thanks for that info. It explains a lot. I suppose the de-licensing of many pubs at the time is at least partly related to the strength of the temperance movement in the early decades of last century. That's the era when a number of areas voted to become "dry" by local option, most notably, perhaps, a number of suburbs now incorporated in the cities of Whitehorse and Boroondara in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

By sheer chance, when looking for something else, I just came a cross this very pertinent piece of reporting in The Argus of February 11, 1926:

"Owing to the operations of the Licences Reduction Board, which has closed up many hotels which were not up to modem requirements or which were unnecessary in the public interest, hotel property has been considered a good investment despite the shadow of the local option poll looming in the future. Several reconstruction schemes are in contemplation, both in the city and in the popular watering places."


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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2010, 00:16 
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The local option poll mentioned in the post referred to regular referanda held to determine whether prohibition should be introduced. Supposed to be held every 8 years - the ones in 1930 and 1938 were about 2 to 1 in favour of rejecting prohibition, but they did uphold 6 o'clock closing of pubs.


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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2010, 10:14 
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The local option poll mentioned in the post referred to regular referanda held to determine whether prohibition should be introduced. Supposed to be held every 8 years - the ones in 1930 and 1938 were about 2 to 1 in favour of rejecting prohibition, but they did uphold 6 o'clock closing of pubs.


Interesting. I wonder if the same held true for Sydney. I don't know if the temperance movement was as strong in New South Wales as it was in Victoria, although I do recall reading once that Guildford (in Sydney's west) was a "dry" township when the area was first developed (not sure of exactly when, but I think it was immediately after the First World War).


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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2010, 10:29 
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I found this old toilet still in use in Melbourne, just across from The Royal Exhibition Building. I knew I remembered seeing a few of these around Melbourne when I was a kid in the 80s and was sure they were all painted black.


Interesting to see what the other side looks like. I couldn't check it out on the Sydney one, as it was up against a stone wall, and it would have looked as if I was going inside............

Aside from the decoration on the panelling and the grating at the top, it looks the same as the one in Sydney. From the style of it, it looks to me like the Sydney one is at least ten years older. Are there any experts on street furniture who can tell us a bit more?


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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2010, 11:28 
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franfran wrote:
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The local option poll mentioned in the post referred to regular referanda held to determine whether prohibition should be introduced. Supposed to be held every 8 years - the ones in 1930 and 1938 were about 2 to 1 in favour of rejecting prohibition, but they did uphold 6 o'clock closing of pubs.

Interesting. I wonder if the same held true for Sydney. I don't know if the temperance movement was as strong in New South Wales as it was in Victoria, although I do recall reading once that Guildford (in Sydney's west) was a "dry" township when the area was first developed (not sure of exactly when, but I think it was immediately after the First World War).

The temperance movement certainly wasn't as strong in New South Wales as in Victoria, where the Methodist and Presbyterian churches were much more influential. A quick Google hasn't turned up anything about whether Guildford was founded as a dry town.

Ocean Grove in Victoria is a famous example of such a place however. The land on which the town stands was purchased by the Methodist Church in 1887 to be the site of a religious camp community, based on similar ones in the USA, including Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

To this day there remains a covenant on every block in the original township area, providing that "no part of the above land shall be used for the manufacture or sale of malted, spirituous, or vinous liquors". That explains why the only hotel serving Ocean Grove was built in the 1960s in adjoining Collendina, which was not part of the original Ocean Grove purchase.


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