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Fitzroy Historical Crime Tour

282 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Tour operated by: Melbourne Historical Crime Tours

Take a trip back to the time when Fitzroy was a red light district and viewed by the police as the home of criminals within Melbourne, in a Fitzroy Historical Crime Tour.

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.

The suburb of Fitzroy is right on the edge of Melbourne's CBD and is easily accessible by public transport.

You will receive a booklet containing photographs of the people featured on the tour so that you can put a face to their adventures.

Along the way you will discover former brothels, gangland murder sites, sly grog shops and the places where criminals such as Squizzy Taylor drank, fought and faced trial. You will get to know what it was like to struggle for survival in Melbourne's 'home of criminals' - old Fitzroy.

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  • Departure details: 22/02/18

    Thu/Fri: 02:00pm - 04:00pm

    Sat/Sun: 01:00pm - 03:00pm

Melbourne true crime tours created and hosted by writer and historian Michael Shelford (as featured on ABC Radio and SBS ‘Secrets of our Cities’).

Take a trip back to the early 1900’s where Melbourne’s inner-city crime district was controlled by female syndicates and the nearby suburb of Fitzroy was home to Australia’s largest ever gang war.

All attendees receive a booklet containing photos of the characters discussed. Night tours feature a hand held laser projector, used by your host to project images of the historical characters discussed onto the buildings and streets they once inhabited.

The two hour walking tours take place every: Thursday night (Melbourne CBD), Friday afternoon (Fitzroy), Saturday late afternoon (Melbourne CBD) and Sunday afternoon (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.

282 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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