Clifton Hotel

Bob and Sol Bellear at the front bar of the former Clifton Hotel in 1973, where they were refused service. (Photograph Richard John Pinfold, courtesy Fairfax Media).

Location: 1 Botany Road, Waterloo

The Clifton Hotel on Botany Road in Waterloo was a place where Aboriginal people gathered. It was where the decision was made to start the Koori Knockout, and where Bob Bellear decided to pursue a legal career after watching police discrimination towards Aboriginal people who met there. The Clifton Hotel was the site of a riot in 1983.

Further reading

‘Says police beat him’,Tribune,  20 October 1971, p. 3,

‘Sydney’s black ghetto’, Tribune, 10 November 1971, p. 5,

‘Police attack blacks’,Tribune, 24 July 1973, p. 2,

‘Harassing Blacks in Redfern’, Tribune, 14 August 1973, p. 2,

‘Aborigines ‘seek protection’, The Canberra Times, 4 November 1983, p. 3,

Tickner, Robert 1982, ‘Sector policing: Redfern: a return to the early 1970s?’, Aboriginal Law Bulletin No.4, June 1982, pp. 3-4,