Gwenda and Warwick Shinner of Pimlico with part of their huge collection of beer cans.
Gwenda and Warwick Shinner of Pimlico with part of their huge collection of beer cans. David Nielsen

Cheer found in beer cans

WARWICK SHINNER and his wife, Gwenda, have built their life around beer.

Not the amber fluid, but the can in which it comes.

They have even built a small museum on their property at Pimlico to house the 15,000 beer cans they have collected from around the world since Mr Shinner was a young man.

Mr Shinner, 69, said his fascination for the cans lay in the colours and designs on them.

“Whenever my father, brother and myself went on a trip overseas we would bring back a can from the location we visited,” he said.

“And it went from there.

“They drank theirs, but I would keep mine full, until I saw a book in a bookshop about beer cans and collecting them. It explained how important it was to empty them by putting two holes in the bottom of the cans and draining out the fluid.”

Mr Shinner said it was all the excuse he needed to drain the precious liquid.

“We threw a series of parties, and at each party we drank the beer of one country. So on the shelf it looks like it is a virgin can.”

The couple will host a meeting of like-minded collectors on July 12 and 13, with around 100 people from around Australia expected to talk and trade beer and soft drink cans.

“We have been meeting here each year for the last 25 years,” Mr Shinner said.

“We put so much work into it because everyone looks forward to it."



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