The Minister of Home Affairs at the time of the city of Canberra's establishment was the Rt Hon. King O'Malley (bio) a teetotal man who referred to any alcoholic drink as 'stagger juice'. His influence in the ongoing prohibition in the new Federal Capital of Australia saw drinkers travelling across the border to neighboring Queanbeyan for all their alcoholic needs.
The prohibition was lifted during the Christmas of 1928 seeing citizens flock to the new alcohol 'cafes'. " There are no barmaids in Canberra, and at the hotels there are no bars...."
The Mercury - 24 December 1928
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