It amazes me in the early day's of Canberra just how much emphasis was placed on alcohol with beer being the point in question. A search of the newspaper archives comes up short when it comes to new years eve.
This comes from the year prohibition was lifted in Canberra. Yes, thanks to King O'Malley our tea-total Minister for home affairs of the day Canberra was once a dry town 1913- 1929. If you wanted a beer you went to Queanbeyan. Simple. Well this clipping is a testament to Canberra's festivities with the train load of empties that left for Sydney after Christmas/ New years 1929...
The West Australian - Saturday 26 January 1929
National Library of Australia