The former Criterion Building in the main street of Gore housed a well-known fish shop and restaurant, run by one Dick Nobilo (known as 'Dick the Greek', although actually Croatian).
By 1940 the town of Gore had experienced 37 years of Prohibition. With the resulting absence of liquor outlets, some brave shopkeepers provided a 'sly grogging' service dispensing both legitimate and 'moonshine' alcohol illegally from their premises.
In this case Nobilo, it was whisky disguised within parcels of fish and chips. All might have been well for Nobilo, but for a disastrous fire in his building which ultimately revealed a stash of six dozen half bottles of whisky behind a false wall in his kitchen.
This revelation was greeted with surprise and delight by volunteer fire-fighters who made off with a considerable number of bottles before Police arrived, and arrested Nobilo for supplying liquor in a no-licence district.
It is understood the incriminating evidence eventually confiscated by Police was a mere fraction of Nobilo's original stash.