Six o'clock closing and the growth of prostitution in Sydney, 1916-27

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Bleakley, P. 2014. Six o'clock closing and the growth of prostitution in Sydney, 1916-27. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. 100 (2), pp. 176-193.
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TitleSix o'clock closing and the growth of prostitution in Sydney, 1916-27
AuthorsBleakley, P.
Abstract

The New South Wales government’s introduction of the Early Closing Act in 1916 was a legislative move designed to curb the growing culture of vice-related crime across the state. Instead, the period between 1916 and 1927 saw rampant growth in crime - largely prostitution. Qualitative exploration of the issue indicates that the quasi-prohibition of alcohol led to the establishment of ‘sly-grog’ houses; these venues of illicit trade provided sex workers with a location in which to practice their trade under the protection of organised criminal syndicates and corrupt elements of New South Wales law enforcement.

PublisherRoyal Australian Historical Society
JournalJournal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
ISSN0035-8762
Electronic1838-7381
Publication dates
PrintDec 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited17 Oct 2019
Accepted15 Sep 2014
Output statusPublished
LanguageEnglish
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