Melbourne's dry districts

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About Melbourne's dry districts

In October 1920, Victorians went to the ballot to vote on whether their local district should continue, reduce or prohibit the granting of alcohol licences. Fears that the entire state would go dry were unfounded, but almost 100 years later the two (out of 217) districts that carried the vote for no-licence remain ostensibly dry: Boroondara and Nunawading.

Reports from 1920 reveal the heated debates and opinions, from members of the temperance movement to concerned hoteliers. They also detail the much-discussed outcome of the poll, which continues to have ramifications for the districts' pub and club licence-holders.

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Booze: the shadow over our land, JE Hackett, printer, Victorian Prohibition League, 1930

Melbourne's dry districts

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