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The Great Beer Boycott of ’47

Talk in Wellington on Wednesday 1 April

Four men and a dog in the Denniston Hotel on the West Coast. The original caption read, 'Some find their recreation in the pubs where beer is the staple drink'. Photo: Te Ara

The West Coast is known for its political solidarity, free flowing rain and even freer flowing beer.

But the beer stopped flowing in 1947 when coasters banded together in an act of consumer solidarity that has been described as the country’s most successful consumer boycott.

On Wednesday Scoop Review of Books reviewer and author Simon Nathan will be giving a talk in Wellington on the history of the West Coast and in particular the little remembered Greymouth Beer Boycott which saw coasters forego their daily jug in protest at the local hoteliers’ decision to increase their prices in a cartel-like fashion.

Nathan has written an article for the on-line encyclopaedia Te Ara on the West Coast region on Wednesday 1 April, 12.15pm in the meeting room on the ground floor of Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace, he’ll deliver his talk: Putting the West Coast on the web

For those that can’t make it here are links to the sites to browse:

West Coast entry on Te Ara:
The 1947 Greymouth beer boycott
Five books about Blackball
Waiuta – through the eyes of a miner
Seddonville – a forgotten coal town