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Tavern In The Town by James McNeish

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Hardback, first published 1957, revised and enlarged 1984, 327pages, very good condition The history of New Zealand's public houses is New Zealand social history at its most exuberant. As James McNeish points out, pubs came first - before houses, before churches, before banks. They gave birth to live theatre, to libraries, militia, 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 brothels, feuded and fought. As late as the 1930s there was a fight in a West Coast pub between a man and a bear. Miraculously, many of the buildings have survived fire, flood, Prohibition, licensing commissions, brewery takeovers and modernisation. When as a young man James McNeish made his first nationwide pub crawl in 1955 he was surprised at the riches he found. This new edition of TAVERN IN THE TOWN has been revised by James McNeish himself. It contains seven new chapters, an outstanding collection of old photographs, many previously unpublished, and some remarkable new material. TAVERN IN THE TOWN, now in its 5th edition, is already a classic. It is hard to imagine that a more definitive or livelier history of the period could be written.

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