I was born in Berala and remember the day
 the Berala Hotel and adjoining shops were opened. 
Great excitement. 
 It was a little village with turn of the century shops 
until the new stores were built..
(Photo courtesy of:Jim of Sydney City and Suburbs)

In 1971, My dad aged 54yo had a massive stroke while playing snooker (pool)  in the games room of the pub and a friend of his came to fetch Mum and I, Mum had been wondering why Dad was late getting home. We got there just as the ambulance arrived. This was at a time when no women were allowed in the public bar (men only) so it was rather a strange feeling walking into the pub. He spent 3 months in hospital until my mother insisted he be cared for at home.My dad survived another 14 years in the care of my mother.

Every time I pass by the pub I remember that day. It was a life-changing event for me. It was 1970, the liberation of women was happening. I had recently gone against my mothers wishes (I was working in a Bank – Bank of New South Wales) and entered the Public Service (Public Trustee) because of the sex discrimination of women in the banking industry. In the PS I was treated as an equal plus I got an extra week holiday/sick leave, better pay and more job opportunities. Unfortunately, I was too inexperienced at the time to take advantage of it. I was a young 18.

My brother and his mates refer to the pub as “Berala Beach” as they would tell their mothers they were heading off to the beach for the day and in reality spend the day
in the beer garden. lol.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your happy and sad memories of Berala and the pub, Frances. It's great that so many people come forward with their stories after I post these photos that trigger memories.

  2. I'm glad your dad made a recovery. I hope it didn't wear your mother down too much – it did mine.I got a phone call that my father had had a stroke. I was at work, and my colleagues rallied round to cover my lessons so I could go to the hospital. I then told the senior teacher in charge of cover and he said, "Oh, but I was going to use you for cover this afternoon." Needless to say I burst into tears.

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