The 5 Stages of Being An Aussie Drunk 1863-1868

These photographs illustrate drunkenness in five stages, played by a male subject in a studio. Possibly commissioned by a local temperance group for educative purposes, the photographs may also have been used by an engraver for illustrations.  The penultimate frame of the drunk in a wheelbarrow resembles S.T. Gill’s watercolour ‘Ease without Opulence’, 1863.

In 1866, NSW Premier James Martin introduced the Drunkard’s Punishment Bill.




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