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When was wine first served in Tasmanian hotels?
On page 10 of Pubs of Tasmania : in search of the Holy Grail , the authors describe the Hope Tavern in Georges Square, Hobart Town, in which "the crowd is rowdy male with a smattering of women, most taking spirits in the form of rum, gin and  arak, some drinking Cape and Madeira wine or imported beer."

..."This is the tavern opened by Francis Barnes in 1808, serving grog and basic food but not providing accommodation."
Image: The old Hope Tavern, Hope and Anchor, Alexander, Corner Macquarie and Dunn Streets

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