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An enterprising female grog seller

An American, W.H. Wilson recalled an enterprising female grog seller, in the publication Records of Castlemaine Pioneers.

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Robyn Annear's research Notes prepared in the course of writing the book, Nothing But Gold; Private (Robyn Annear). Details

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A woman used to come up the gully [Sailor’s] selling hop beer at 6d. a pannikin - the initiated could get something stronger. The dame had suffered from spasms in her chest, and she had been advised to get a curved tin to fit her chest, and by filling it with hot water she would get relief. With the wit of a woman she found that it would fit another part of her anatomy, so she filled it with spirits, with a conductor like tube of an infant’s feeding-bottle, and by putting her hand into a side pocket she could bring the tube out and serve her customers.