Sly Grog Shanty

Liquor laws prevented the legal sale of alcohol on the goldfields but many enterprising folk satisfied the demand for drink by selling 'sly grog' from outlets, such as this respectable looking meals and soup tent.


Samuel Thomas Gill, watercolour. Commissioned by the Trustees of the Melbourne Public Library, 1869


Accession number: H86.7/33


From the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection.


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Law & order