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Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops

Overview

2 hoursMobile & paper tickets accepted

Take a walk through downtown Melbourne and learn of an era in which there was much more on offer at the local confectionery store than just lollies and soft drinks. Explore Melbourne’s underworld c.1870’s to 1930’s, an era in which Melbourne’s downtown slum district, ‘Little Lon’, was mostly run by women. Learn about the battle for supremacy, madams who stood their ground against well-known gangsters such as Squizzy Taylor, and an all-female crime syndicate known as ‘The Combine’. Stop outside buildings which were once brothels and sly grog shops (speak easies), and hear the stories of what occurred within their walls and on the streets and laneways around them.

Shootings, bombings, bashings, brothels, robberies, opium, cocaine and sly grog (speak easies).

The tour is designed and delivered by writer and historian, Michael Shelford.

What's Included

  • A tour booklet featuring photos of the characters discussed along the way.
  • Please bring along your own food and drinks.

What to expect

The tour group meets at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane, which is located next to 38-40 Lonsdale St, City. From there we head off to explore the streets and laneways which were the home of crime, prostitution and vice 100 years ago.

The tour finishes several blocks down the hill at the corner of Lonsdale and Russell Street, Melbourne CBD.

The start and finish points are a short walk from Parliament Railway Station (Bourke Street exit), and are close to Melbourne's many tram

The Location

Where To Go

282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Departure time

4:30 PM

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Return details

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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