Mentone Hotel 1998. Photographer John Madge.
January 31, 1938 will go down in history as Black Monday, on that day at approximately 5.30 pm the Mentone hotel ran out of BEER! We have been through a war and a depression, some of us have even got married, but those things no way approach the disaster of Monday, 31st.
This report should have been published last week, but apparently the shock which our reporter received on being handed a pot of ginger beer was too much for him, as he only confessed to his shame this week.
Kings have lost their thrones for lesser reasons than this, and a repetition of such a tragedy will necessitate an increase in the cellar accommodation at the local pub if peace is to be maintained in this law-abiding community
- Mordialloc City News, February 11, 1938.
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