Explore Melbourne's oldest suburb, a place where the city's most notorious criminals lived 100 years ago. Along the way you will stop outside buildings which were once brothels, sly grog shops (speakeasies) and dens of thieves.

The narrative follows Fitzroy's journey from a wealthy and fashionable suburb through to the post World War I era when the district erupted into Australia's greatest ever gang war. The tours are designed and delivered by writer and historian, Michael Shelford, and based on original source material from the old police files. You will receive a free 32 page booklet with photos of the criminals featured on the tour.

Type Indicative prices

$20 for pensioners, students or unemployed.

$20.00 - $25.00
Child $15.00


Included is a free 32 page booklet containing photos of the criminals discussed and copies of police maps and diagrams.

Days of operation:
  • Departure details: 30/08/18 - 30/09/20

    Fri: 02:00pm - 04:00pm

    Sun: 01:00pm - 03:00pm

Melbourne true crime tours created and hosted by writer and historian Michael Shelford as featured on ABC and BBC 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. Night tours feature a hand-held projector which is used to beam photos onto the old buildings and streetscapes.

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

51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065

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