Pawky John - The Life and Times of a Colonial Publican

Author(s): Brian Menzies

Queensland History

This meticulously researched, real-life account begins with the perilous journey of a migrant ship. The story traces the life and career of John Menzies, a Scottish mill-worker who became a publican in Brisbane, Australia, between 1862 and 1881. There are tales of larceny, murder and hard drinking; nights of celebrations and sporting victories; the travels of a Prince on a Vice-Regal visit; the scandal and politics of the town council; and the Battle of Rules between Australian football and Rugby. Surprising stories and images reveal the music, food, inventions, costume and mood of the times.With the writing style retaining the flavour of the era, the book is a fascinating insight into life in mid-nineteenth century Queensland.


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General Fields

  • : 9780646808666
  • : Parasol Publications
  • : December 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian Menzies
  • : Paperback
  • : English