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Gangsters, Brothels and Lolly Shops Crime Tour
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Shootings, bombings, bashings, brothels, robberies, opium, cocaine and sly grog - it's all here in this intriguing and entertaining tour.

  • An intriguing and arresting tour covering the late 1800s to early 1900s
  • Discover the lives of Melbournes most notorious criminals
  • Visit the shady haunts of Melbourne
  • Includes a booklet containing photos of the characters discussed on the tour
  • Includes experience gift pack with personalised voucher and message card

Explore the streets and laneways which were the home of crime, prostitution and vice 100 years ago.

Shootings, bombings, bashings, brothels, robberies, opium, cocaine and sly grog.

Take a walk through downtown Melbourne's 'Little Lon' district and learn of an era where there was much more on offer at lolly shops than just confectionery and soft drinks.

You'll explore an underworld that was predominantly run by women and discover stories of the way they stood their ground against well-known gangsters such as Squizzy Taylor. Along the way, stop outside buildings that were once brothels and sly grog shops and hear the stories of what occurred within their walls and on the streets and laneways around them.

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

Your guide is Michael Shelford.  Michael is a writer, freelance journalist and private historian.  He has written for the Guardian newspaper, Time Out magazine and has featured on ABC Radio. 

With over eight years of experience researching Melbourne's crime history, Michael entertains with a treasure trove of chilling material and a generous helping of sin and scandal.  You have been warned.

The tour is subject to good weather.  In the case of inclement weather, the operator may postpone the tour.  In such cases, you are able to rebook for another date directly with the operator.

The tour runs for 2 hours.

Available throughout the year on Friday nights at 7 pm and 8 pm during daylight saving plus Saturday at 4 pm.

Valid for 1 person.

Minimum age is 16 years old.  A parent or guardian must accompany children aged 18 and under.

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