State Library of NSW
Paragon Hotel, Loftus & Alfred StreetsBuilt in 1868, the Paragon is still at Circular Quay. In the 1930's, Tooths was the largest brewery in NSW, with 80% of the market, as it owned 800 hotels, including the Paragon. Probably unique among employers, Tooths ensured the loyalty of their staff with four free schooners of beer a day. Brewing is an ancient art and the wooden beer barrels on the trucks were called kilderkins and firkins. A kilderkin held 18 gallons (82 litres) and the smaller firkin half that amount.