I spent my early years in Gippsland. The Swamp District.
I came across this image of my Great Aunt Eileen, pulling beers, or turning on the tap, at the Drouin Hotel. Eileen Glen.
| Jim Fitzpatrick, Mrs Gleeson pours a beer for customers at the Drouin Hotel, Drouin, 1944 |
In 1944, the Curtin government wanted to send a new message to our allies about how much war work the Australians had done. So they sent photographer Jim Fitzpatrick to document the small town of Drouin.
10 years later, in John Brack’s world, the men were still swilling around.
| John Brack, The Bar, 1954, National Gallery of Victoria |