The Gold Digger's Arms - Second Edition
More than four decades ago, the architectural historian
J. M. Freeland (1920-1983)
declared the pub to be 'one of the most socially significant, historically valuable, architecturally interesting, and colourful
features of Australian society'.
This study is underpinned by the same sentiment, although it has neither the ambitious nation-wide geographical scope nor the
architectural focus of Freelands
The Australian Pub.
The pub, the licensed public house, is used here as a vehicle to explore the history of a small part of northern
New South Wales.
In a way, then,
The Gold Digger's Arms by Dr Brett Stubbs is a local history but with a difference, that being its preoccupation with the socially
significant, historically valuable, architecturally interesting, and colourful pub. It is at once a history of the Upper Clarence River
district of New South Wales, and the story of its pubs.
Especially, it explains their comings and goings by reference to the wider history of the district, and to the intricacies of the state-wide
liquor licensing system.
Specifications: B5 size; viii + 133 pages; comprehensive index; 53 photographs and maps
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