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Raise a Glass to Don

Don Dunstan having a drink

Don Dunstan was one of Australia’s most charismatic, courageous, and visionary politicians; a dedicated reformer with a deep commitment to social justice.

Please join us on Wednesday the 27 September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Don Dunstan first becoming Premier of South Australia and his achievements.

To recognise that Don was a long serving member for Norwood, we are hosting the celebrations at the Norwood Hotel (Finn McCools).

Guests will be addressed by Greg Crafter, long time MP for Norwood and Don Dunstan's successor in the seat.

This September also coincides with the abolition of “the six o’clock swill” so at 6pm we will be raising a glass and toasting to Don.

  • About the “six o’clock swill”

    Six o'clock closing operated in this state since 1915, but it was in the process of breaking down under the weight of public ridicule and pressure. It had been abolished in New South Wales in the mid-50s and in Victoria in the mid-60s. The other states had never had it.

    Don's 1967 Licensing Act was a total revamp of the licensing laws based on the recommendations of the Royal Commission. Not only was early closing abolished but the system was given a new flexibility which enabled the conditions of trading of clubs, restaurants and bottle shops to meet the reasonable needs of everybody.

    Along with the lifting of the 6 o’clock close came another important piece of liberalising legislation: women were now legally allowed to drink in the front bar of pubs. Yes, until 1967 it was illegal for a women to be present in the front bar.

    The result is the enlightened and flexible system which we now have. Don Dunstan had a vision of a community lifestyle in which people could enjoy liquor as a social amenity and adjunct to good living without unnecessary and heavy handed regulation. He was able to institute a licensing system during his public life which enable the lifestyle to occur, and in doing so laid the foundations for later improvements. In this, as in so many other ways, our South Australian community owes a great debt to Don Dunstan.

    Credit: Len King, Dunstan Foundation Bulletin 1999 and Adealidae City Mag

Key Details

  • When: Wednesday 27 September 2017 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Where: The Finn McColls Norwood, 97 The Parade
  • Ticket Price: General Admission $50 | Members $35 | Unwaged $35

Ticket price includes drinks and finger food. All money raised will support the work of the Don Dunstan Foundation.

Book early as there are limited places.

Don Dunstan Foundation

Level 8, 115 Grenfell St
SA 5005 Australia


Phone: +61 8 8313 3364

Registered Charity

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