The Independent Order of Rechabites

The Independent Order of Rechabites (IOR) which was founded in England in 1835 to promote total abstinence from alcoholic beverages has also been active in Australia from 1843.

In the mid-1880s the U.S. based Woman’s Christian Temperance Union set up a branch in Australia. Both the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Rechabites achieved a major success during the First World War when they were successful in instituting mandatory closure of hotel bars and public houses at 6 pm.


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