The Mercury in 1858: 'Beastly' to drink at a wake, says writer

Glen Humphries
December 5 2023 - 12:00pm
Drinking when friends come over was one of many gripes one 1858 Mercury letter writer had about Illawarra residents and their attitude to alcohol.
Drinking when friends come over was one of many gripes one 1858 Mercury letter writer had about Illawarra residents and their attitude to alcohol.

Looking back at December 6, 1858

Drinking at a wake and funerals was "inexpressively beastly" according to a Mercury letter writer.

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Glen Humphries

Glen Humphries

Senior journalist

I'm an award-winning senior journalist with the Illawarra Mercury and have well over two decades' worth of experience in newspapers. I cover the three local councils in the Illawarra for the Mercury, state and federal politics, as well as writing for the TV guide. If I'm not writing, I'm reading.

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