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Introduction; 1. 'No place for a woman?': pub-keeping in colonial times; 2. 'The photographer and the barmaid': narrating women's work 1850s-1910s; 3. 'The problem of the barmaids': urbanisation and legislative reform 1870s-80s; 4. 'Wanted, a beautiful barmaid...': temperance and the language of desire; 5. 'White slaves behind the bar': the WCTU, the nation, and 'the barmaid'; 6. 'When men wore hats': gender, unions, and equal pay 1908-49; 7. 'Beer, glorious beer': pub culture and the six o'clock swill 1920-50s; 8. 'In praise of splendid gels': sex, work and drinking culture 1960s-90s; Epilogue.

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This 1997 book is a mixture of cultural and labour history which traces the role of barmaids and Australian drinking culture.


'... fascinating and highly readable ... meticulously researched.' Panorama
"Historian Diane Kirkby...has turned her considerable skill to the intriguing history of Australian women publicans in her book Barmaids: A History of Women's Work in Pubs." Washington Times
"...the breadth of interpretation and material make this work of use to a variety of students and scholars. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice
"...fascinating study of barmaids in modern Australia." Thomas Brennan, American Historical Review
"...the most pioneering of contemporary Australian labor history studies. This search for the hidden life of work has yielded a rich history." Mark Hearn, Labor History
"...Kirkby offers a splendidly told history of a crucial aspect of Australia's development." Gina Hames, Journal of Social History

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