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Criminal Stories of Old Fitzroy: Walking Tour in Melbourne

  • When does it run?

    Friday and Sunday

  • Start time

    Friday: 2pm; Sunday: 1pm

  • Duration

    2 hours

Inclusions
  • Booklet containing photographs of the people featured on the tour
    Live and friendly host

COVID-19 Safety guidelines
Guests
  • Adult (17+)
  • Child (12-16)

Key Highlights

  • Listen to chilling accounts of notorious criminals of the early 1900s
  • Discover the crime-ridden streets of old Fitzroy
  • See the building which were once brothels and homes to Melbourne’s most-wanted criminals
  • Coveted journalist, Michael Shelford, will conduct the tour
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted

Overview

Walk down the sinister streets of Melbourne that was once home to the city’s most infamous criminals and crooks. Crime ran through the old Fitzroy quarters in the early 1900s and scenes of brutal murders, robberies, cop chase were everyday stories on the streets and alleys.

Here’s the plan…

Your old Fitzroy tour will start from the historic Workers Club where your guide will give you a brief introduction about the locality. Then you will head out to explore the streets and alleys where Melbourne’s most notorious citizen lived and plied their trade.

As a reference point, your guide will give you a booklet with photographs of the people he will tell you about during the course of the tour. You will discover former brothels, gangland murder sites, sly grog shops and the places where criminals such as Squizzy Taylor drank, fought, got hitched and faced trial.

When you walk the narrow alleys, think how it was to survive in old Fitzroy – Melbourne’s home of criminals.

About the Supplier: All the tours of Melbourne Historical Crime Tours are conducted by journalist and local historian Michael Shelford based in Fitzroy. He has researched about Melbourne’s crime history for over 8 years and has featured in several documentaries and newspapers all over the globe. He has a treasure trove of material on horrific crimes and scandals that happened on the streets of Melbourne. The accounts are often spine chilling and make for a thrilling adventure. You have been warned.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Friday and Sunday

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Start time

    Friday: 2pm; Sunday: 1pm

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to the historic Workers Club, which is situated at the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets in Fitzroy (formerly Rob Roy Hotel).

  • Ending Point

    The Workers Club

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Booklet containing photographs of the people featured on the tour
    Live and friendly host

  • Food and drinks (we might lose our appetite listening to all those sinister tales)

Please note

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

This activity is adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 12 years will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.