This is the fifth part of a series of photographs taken by RiotACT reader Old Canberran on his Kodak Box Brownie in 1948.
This one came in with the following note:
- Attached is a pic of the old Hotel Civic which took up the block bounded by Northbourne Ave, Mort Street and Alinga Street. The public bar faced Alinga street and it always intrigued me as a young 11 year old why there were so many blokes spilling out the doors around 5 to 6 pm in the afternoons. The noise from the place was amazing. Years later I found out about 6 o’clock closing.
It was a grand old building and for years before it was demolished in 1984, it used to have the best smogasboard lunch in Civic in the 60’s and 70’s. In 1965 a group of women chained themselves to the public bar in protest that women were not allowed in that bar but had to drink in the saloon bar as per the law in those days.
UPDATED: In a bonus round, “A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster” has dug up his own photos from 1985 (OC was out by a year on the demolition it seems), and sent them in with this note:
- I have found these pics of the pub taken by myself in January 1985 after the decision to demolish the pub was made. I took the pics because the pub was about to be demolished. The first pic was taken from the median strip in Northbourne Ave, the second was taken from the corner of East Row and Alinga St. Presumably the demolition took place a month or so after these pics were taken.
Wow, back to the halcyon days when the bus interchange actually had shelter!