31 May '13, 10am

Sydney's oldest barmaid still pulling beers at 91

Sydney's oldest barmaid still pulling beers at 91

SYDNEY - Sydney's oldest barmaid Lil Miles has never been a drinker, but after four decades in the job at her family's Bells Hotel in Woolloomooloo the 91-year-old still isn't tired of pulling beers. "I'll keep going," said the diminutive great-grandmother, even though the Sydney pub scene has changed vastly from the wild days of the 1970s when big spending sailors and dockside workers kept the hotel busy. These days Woolloomooloo is famed for its expensive harbourside restaurants and cafes. Without the wharf workers, and with fewer tourists coming in for a drink, electronic poker machines bring in some of the revenue once generated by a crowded front bar. It's a far cry from the 1970s when many of the cottages in the working-class inner city suburb were empty and derelict, while its proximity to the wharfs, the Garden Island Naval Base and the nightclub zone of Kings Cros...

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