Jessie Forsyth (1847-1937) obituary

Ron Forsyth kindly provided me with this obituary

Western Mail 10 November 1937


The Late Miss Jessie Forsyth.

"RECENTLY there passed on to higher service one of the veteran social welfare workers in Western Australia" writes the secretary of the Women's Christian Temperance Union when paying tribute on behalf of the organisation to the late Miss Jessie Forsyth who, for the past 70 years, devoted her time to the service of others. Born in England 90 years ago, the late Miss Forsyth went first to America where she took up temperance work, editing two publications. Coming to Western Australia she continued this work and founded "Dawn" for the Fremantle Women's Service Guild who later handed over the publication to the care of the State executive. Miss Forsyth was also associated with the "White Ribbon," the official organ of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, in which organisation she took an active interest, holding in turn the positions of superintendent of the "Sailors' Rest," Fremantle, State corresponding secretary and State president, ultimately being made a life member. It was due to the influence of Miss Forsyth at the triennial convention in Adelaide in 1916 that the next convention was held in Perth. For over 60 years Miss Forsyth was a member of the International Order of Good Templars, holding various offices including those of International Grand Vice-templar and Grand International superintendent of juvenile work. Miss Forsyth was known to those with whom she came in contact as a woman with the courage of her convictions, a lover of young people, a staunch friend and a tireless worker for the good of humanity."

Posted by David Fahey on November 19, 2010 at 08:16 AM in Australia, Britain, Temperance, United States | Permalink

Drink in Victorian Norwich: Part IV (article)

Rob Donovan, "Drink in Victorian Norwich: Part IV," Brewery History: The Journal of the Brewery History Society 137 (Autumn 2010): 73-166.

Posted by David Fahey on November 16, 2010 at 07:42 PM in Alcohol (general), Beer, Brewing , Britain, Drinking Spaces | Permalink

Gin, government and health in 18th-century London (thesis)

Christopher Andrews, "Putting the Genie back into the Bottle : Gin, Government & Health in Eighteenth Century London" (B.Sc. thesis, Wellcome Trust, Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, University of London, 2003).

Posted by David Fahey on November 14, 2010 at 09:10 PM in Britain, Gin | Permalink

Women in English public houses, 1880s-1970s (dissertation)

Barbara Gleiss, "Women in Public Houses.  A Historic Analysis of the Social and Economic Role of Women Patronizing English Public Houses, 1880-1970s" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Vienna, 2009).  In English.  Full text is available online.

Posted by David Fahey on November 10, 2010 at 03:33 PM in Alcohol (general), Britain, Drinking Spaces | Permalink

British temperance periodicals (chapter)

Researchers should not overlook a relatively old contribution to temperance bibliography, the chapter on temperance periodicals by Olwen C. Niessen in J. Don Vann and Rosemary T. VanArsdel, eds., Victorian Periodicals and Society (University of Toronto Press, 1994).

Posted by David Fahey on November 5, 2010 at 03:11 PM in Britain, Temperance | Permalink

Women's drinking and the English public house (dissertation)

Stella Maria Moss, "Cultures of Women's Drinking and the English Public House, 1914-39" (D.Phil. dissertation, St. John's College, Oxford University, 2009).  Stella Moss also is the author of  "'Wartime Hysterics': Alcohol, women and the politics of wartime social purity," in British Popular Culture and the First World War, ed. Jessica Meyer (Brill, 2008); and "'A Grave Question': The Children's Act and Public House Regulation, c. 1908-1939," Crimes and Misdemeanours 3/2 (2009), at

Dr. Moss presented a related paper at the conference, "Spaces of Drink," sponsored by the London Group of Historical Geographers in early 2010.  The papers include: 

19th January 2010 David Beckingham (University of Cambridge)
Liberalism, liberty and the geography of the Inebriates Acts, 1879-1914

2nd February 2010 Stella Moss (University of Oxford)
Spitting and Sitting: Gender, Space and the English Public House, 1918-39

16th February 2010 James Brown (University of Oxford)
Drinking Geographies in Early Modern England

2nd March 2010 Deborah Toner (University of Warwick)
Everything in its Right Place? Drinking Spaces and Popular Culture in 19th Century Mexican Literature

16th March 2010 James Nicholls (Bath Spa University)
The pub and the people: drinking spaces and UK alcohol policy, past and present

Posted by David Fahey on October 26, 2010 at 05:30 PM in Britain, Drinking Spaces | Permalink

Drinking at home in England (article)

Sarah L. Holloway, Mark Jayne and Gill Valentin, "'Sainsbury's Is My Local': English Alcohol Policy, Domestic Drinking Practices and the Meaning of Home," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 33/4 (October 2008): 532-547.  Sainsbury is a grocery chain.  See also Mark Janes, Gill Valentin, and Sarah L. Holloway, Alcohol, Drinking, Drunkenness (Ashgate, forthcoming 2011).  Offers the perspective of geographers.

Posted by David Fahey on October 23, 2010 at 08:51 PM in Alcohol (general), Britain | Permalink

Upmarket Cadbury Cocoa Houses to challenge coffee shops in England

Borrowing from the tradition of the Lyons tea shops (begun in 1894), the Cadbury Cocoa Houses will challenge American-style coffee shops with upmarket foods and service.

Posted by David Fahey on October 17, 2010 at 09:40 PM in Britain, Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Drinking Spaces, Tea | Permalink

Rise and fall of Cadburys (book review)

In nineteenth-century Britain three Quaker-owned chocolate companies dominated the market, Cadbury, Fry, and Rowntree.  The last of the companies to survive, Cadbury, was sold to the American company Kraft in 2010.   A distant relative Deborah Cadbury has written Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers  For a review, see

Posted by David Fahey on October 16, 2010 at 08:13 PM in Book Reviews, Britain, Chocolate | Permalink

Opportunities for alcohol control in England (article)

John R. Greenaway, "Agendas, Venues and Alliances: New Opportunities for the Alcohol Movement in England," Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 15/5 (2008): 487-501.

Posted by David Fahey on October 1, 2010 at 03:11 PM in Alcohol (general), Britain | Permalink