Too absorbed in his business?

In the 1890’s, a brewer named Joseph Hartley was found floating , dead, in a gigantic vat of beer (valued then at £140) at the Castlemaine Brewery in Victoria.

The contents of the Vat were run off down the street channels, under the vigilant supervision of a Customs Officer, and to the great grief of many spectators.

A Melbourne newspaper at the time somewhat unsympathetically commented that he was “Too much absorbed in his business”.

(Courtesy of Cyril Pearl, “Beer, Glorious Beer!”)

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