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God's Gift or Demon Drink? Churches and Alcohol in South Australia Between the Two World Wars

This essay first appeared in the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, vol. 15, 1987, pp.16-41, and is reproduced here with minor corrections.

Judith Raftery’s major professional and academic interests have been in religious history and public health history. Her recent work has focussed on the impact of colonial and post-colonial history on the health of indigenous Australians and she is currently researching the history of Churches of Christ Aboriginal missions in Western Australia. She is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, is a member of the SA Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and has contributed to the work of the Professional Historians Association, notably through membership of its committee and co-editing its publication Playford's South Australia.

Tags: , Band of Hope, Council of Churches in South Australia, Early Closing/Early Closing referendum, , Lade Frank, Licensed Victuallers’ Association, licensing laws, liquor trade/liquor traffic, local option poll, Nonconformist/s, , Prohibition League, six o’clock closing, South Australian Alliance, , total abstainers/total abstinence, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union,

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