from Constant Bay looking up Princes Street, Charleston

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from Constant Bay looking up Princes Street, Charleston.

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from Constant Bay looking up Princes Street, Charleston.  The golddiggers attending the many balls and dances provided for entertainment outnumbered the girls available by up to 150 to one, consequently the men influenced by the liquor and the music often danced together in pairs.  In 1866, largely because the golddiggers loved to dance, the West Coast publicans supplied dancing partners on an organised basis.  They imported dancing girls from Melbourne and Sydney, paying their passage across the Tasman, the contract usually required the girl to serve as a barmaid, if required, to be available as a dancing partner and otherwise make herself generally useful for a term of 12 months, the resident publican also profited because after each dance there was a rush on the bar as each digger refilled his empty glass and shouted for his partner, gambling was very common, in Ross a Miss QUINLAN, a barmaid at the Provincial Hotel, had a foot race over 50 yards with another barmaid from the rival Royal Hotel, they dead-heated three times but Miss QUINLAN took the fourth heat by a yard and consequently a lot of goldminers and publicans money changed hands

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