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Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops

Melbourne, Australia
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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

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Stop At: Little Lon Distilling Co., 17 Casselden Pl, Melbourne Vic, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Little Lon Distilling Co is a Gin Distillery which operates from Melbourne CBD's only surviving single story cottage. It also happens to be a former house of ill repute. You will hear stories of the cottage's former inhabitants, sourced from original police files.

Duration: 10 minutes

The Location

Where To Go

282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Departure time

4:00 PM


Melbourne, Australia

Return details

36 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


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Written Reviews (24)

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Excellent tour by a passionate...

CatN86 | Aug 2021

Excellent tour by a passionate and engaging guide. Despite the chilly Melbourne night we did not want to your to end. Highly recommend

Amazing tour!! Loved the knowledge...

Belinda B | Jul 2021

Amazing tour!! Loved the knowledge of the tour guide. You can tell he really loves what he does and knew about the funny relationships and things that occurred during the time. Definately recommend!

Fascinating insight into locations and...

KerrieG921 | Apr 2021

Fascinating insight into locations and history within our own capital city. We loved it. Michael is enthusiastic friendly and riveting in rendering the authentic tales of the era. Incredible knowledge! Recommend highly!

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed

Cancellation Policy

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


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