Gidgegannup couple wants to start beer museum to share love of pub collectables

Janet Prudhan (Gidgegannup) holds the commemorative beer can in The Museum of Pubs. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482361
Janet Prudhan (Gidgegannup) holds the commemorative beer can in The Museum of Pubs. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482361

GIDGEGANNUP couple Steve Chadwick and Janet Prudhan are the full bottle when it comes to pub collectables.

They plan to display their vast collection of mirrors, beer cans, bar runners and other pub-related paraphernalia in a museum-like setting inside a massive shed behind their home.

“We’d like to have bar areas with beers from different countries so people could literally drink their way around the world,” Janet said.

Ironically, neither Janet or Steve like to drink beer but share a passion for visiting pubs, auctions, garage sales and swop meets to add to their collection .

“It’s an obsession,” Janet said.

“There’s no point in collecting something if it’s kept in boxes, that’s why we built the museum.”

About 25 other enthusiasts make up the WA division of the Australian Beer Can Collectors Association, which recently celebrated its 300th meeting by having a beer can specially designed and filled to commemorate the occasion.

The same night, members presented WA president Luc Dupagne with a badge for attending 200 of those meetings.

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