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Gangsters, Brothels & Lolly Shops - Historical Crime Tour

51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065
Tour operated by: Melbourne Historical Crime Tours

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.

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  • Departure details: 24/02/18 - 23/02/19

    Sat: 04:30pm - 06:30pm

Melbourne Crime Tours circa 1890 to 1920's.

Take a trip back to the time when Fitzroy was a red light district and viewed by the police as the home of Melbourne criminals with Melbourne.

The walking tours are the creation of and are hosted by true crime writer and historian Michael Shelford. Learn about Melbourne's most notorious law breakers from 100 years ago.

The two hour walking tours take place every Thursday and Friday at 2:00pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm from the Workers Club Hotel in Melbourne's inner suburb of Fitzroy.

Included as part of the tour is your own copy of the official tour booklet, which contains photos of the criminals discussed and other interesting information.

Tour numbers are limited so please book online in advance at the website or on Facebook.

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51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065

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