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Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops provided by Melbourne Historical Crime Tours

Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops

Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 44202P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • A tour booklet featuring photos of the characters discussed along the way.
Exclusions
  • Please bring along your own food and drinks.
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia We meet at the Coopers Inn Hotel, 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne CBD. The Coopers has great food, drink, and a friendly Australian pub atmosphere.
  • 36 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia The tour finishes at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • A tour booklet featuring photos of the characters discussed along the way.
Exclusions
  • Please bring along your own food and drinks.
Departure details
  • 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia We meet at the Coopers Inn Hotel, 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne CBD. The Coopers has great food, drink, and a friendly Australian pub atmosphere.
  • 36 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia The tour finishes at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • 36 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia The tour finishes at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 25 Nov 2020
A note from Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops
The first name and contact details, either a phone number or email, must be collected from each attendee and stored by the tour provider for 28 days.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    282 Exhibition St
    282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    We meet at the Coopers Inn Hotel, 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne CBD. The Coopers has great food, drink, and a friendly Australian pub atmosphere.
    See address & details
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    Little Lon Distilling Co.
    Stop: 10 minutes
    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.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    36 Lonsdale St
    36 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    The tour finishes at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane.
    See address & details
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CatN86
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
Informative and engaging tour
Excellent tour by a passionate and engaging guide. Despite the chilly Melbourne night we did not want to your to end. Highly recommend
Written 6 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Belinda B
4 contributions
A great insight into the history of thr Little Lonsdale district
Jul 2021 • Couples
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!
Written 4 July 2021
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Kerrie G
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Riveting!!!
Apr 2021 • Couples
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!
Written 4 April 2021
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gothique4
Melbourne, Australia40 contributions
Fantastic and well planned tour
Apr 2021
I recently spent a very enjoyable 2 hours learning about the history of the Little Lon area and its inhabitants of the last century and a bit. Michael was an excellent tour guide and knows the history of the area like the back of his hand. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more of the local history of the infamous red light district.
Written 4 April 2021
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K816OSwendym
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Interesting and worthwhile tour.
Feb 2021 • Friends
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. A great insight to early times in Melbourne. Michael provided lots of information and tales of goings on. Visited some fabulous laneways with lovely historic buildjngs.
Written 1 March 2021
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Dermot M
Lightning Ridge, Australia8 contributions
Ye Olde Melbourne
Jan 2021
Fantastic tour. Michael was excellent in his story telling and knowledge of the Little Lon area of Melbourne pre and post 1900. Loved the tour, and now want to do the Fitzroy tour sometime. Also the tour was perfectly timed at 2 hours, which gave us time to grab a meal before seeing Come From Away at the Comedy Theatre, which was just around the corner from where the tour finished. Perfect. 👍
Written 24 January 2021
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jules3995
Mickleham, Australia51 contributions
More than lolly shops
Michael's tour was very informative and entertaining. So much detail and Michael obviously enjoys his work. Highly recommend to anyone interested in early Melbourne life
Written 22 November 2020
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Michael S
Thanks Jules! Really glad you enjoyed the tour, cheers, Michael.
Written 23 November 2020
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Belinda P
4 contributions
Best Tour in Melbourne
Feb 2020 • Friends
Was absolutely blown away by this tour, so much history and so much to learn. Even though I’m from Melbourne I learnt so much I never knew and Michael was able to paint such a clear picture of by gone times. Michael is so enthusiastic when telling the stories of Marvelous Melbourne that you can’t help but be exited too.
Thank you for a fantastic afternoon.
Written 1 March 2020
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Enya
1 contribution
Wow!
Feb 2020 • Couples
This tour is a must do! Michael is a great tour guide very knowledgeable and friendly. He really keeps the group engaged with his knowledge on the history of the eastern part of Melbourne CBD. Who knew there was so much history in such a short walking distance! Thank you Michael really enjoyed, can’t wait to go on your Fitzroy tour.
Written 29 February 2020
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Lewoo
96 contributions
What a narrative!
Congrats on building such a strongly supported narrative of the underworld lifestyle in the early 1900s. The tour was well organised, I loved that there were photo booklets for group members to refer to and quotes read from primary documents that gave a taste of the language and characters of the time. Highly recommend this to those who have an inkling of history buff in them.
Written 4 January 2020
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Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and really appreciate the review. All the best, Michael
Written 12 January 2020
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Lee007jon
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Really interesting. Learnt a lot about Melbourne's early 1900's
Michael is such a knowledgeable guy, who obviously spends a LOT of time researching Melbourne's history. Particular
Sally M
Sally M
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Great experience
Great tour very informative and the characters brought to life through the story telling Would highly recommend to
NorthStar754566
NorthStar754566
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Takes you back in time.
Walking tour was well worth it, Micheals knowledge and the way he tells it makes the 2 hrs fly along. Takes you bac
HaydnWeaver14
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Haydn and Bec
Absolutely great tour from Michael, so much history, great stories and a great tour... highly recommend!
Wayne T
Wayne T
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2 hours well spent
Intermittent showers did not dampen Michael's enthusiasm in telling us the story of the Fitzroy crime gangs. Althou
GaelS62
GaelS62
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Well worth it
Thoroughly recommended this tour! Amazing how knowledgeable Michael the tour guide was. His anecdotes were so well
beck014
beck014
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Absolutely fantastic
My Mum and I went on the Fitzroy tour on Easter Sunday. We had an absolute ball the tour was not only interesting b
martyfrag
martyfrag
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Fantastic... very informative and engaging
Hi Michael, we just wanted to thank you for your tour today. We learnt so much and you were a fantastic tour guide,
cameronmitchell1972
cameronmitchell1972
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Entertaining
The tour was friendly, fantastic and interesting , this was my 2nd tour with Michael really knows his stuff, l did
triciak992
triciak992
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Engaging!
The tour is an easy walk around Fitzroy streets and the information we received was very well researched by Michael
AdamG3166
AdamG3166
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Absolutely awesome!
My partner and I were booked in for a walking tour, that was purchased by a friend as a present. There were meant t
merryl717
merryl717
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Fantastic Afternoon
My daughter and I did the Fitzroy Tour so interesting and informative Michael was entertaining and very knowledgea
Lion3121
Lion3121
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Exceptional and Unique experience
Wow! What an afternoon! If you thought you knew a lot about Melbourne's shady history, you ain't seen or heard anyt
Peter C
Peter C
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Fantastic
The whole walk was a highlight. Michael was the most enthusiastic an knowledgeable guide and made the whole experie
harleycruize
harleycruize
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Fantastic
Great group,and Michael (the guide ) was a wealth of knowledge......We shall be doing his other tours as well ..
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