City Discovery School Tours

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The City Discovery Tour takes your Primary, Secondary or International students to the iconic places of the Melbourne CBD that depict Melbourne Milestones, lanes system, architecture, heritage, culture, businesses and historic personalities.  We usually start and finish at Federation Square.
JOURNEY
through the maze of lanes, street and buildings that reflect important events and people from traditional owners, settlement, gold rush, war, boom and bust, social movements, immigration, technology and the modern city.
ASSUME an historic identity by each student of an influential Melbourne figure for their journey though time.
EXPERIENCE interactive activities e.g explore buildings,  handle artefacts and examine historic images. Students meet challenges in a fun way that promotes learning and questioning.
CHOOSE one of our many alternative CBD excursions 
 e.g FEDERATION, EXPLORER, INDIGENOUS, MULTICULTURAL, TRADE, COLONIAL, COMMUNITY, ARCHITECTURE, SCIENCE, LITERATURE, MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE, LIVEABILITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND MORE….

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Students of all ages respond enthusiastically to this challenging and stimulating journey through the streets, lanes and arcades of the Melbourne CBD.:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful tour yesterday. The students  (and the adults) enjoyed it so much and found it so interesting. They really loved being a character and that made it so much more real for them.   Annnette Kitson, St Paul’s Primary.
The best tour I had ever experienced previously was the ‘Real San Francisco Tour’  – until I did your City Discovery Tour with our Year Eleven students today
.   Wayne, City Camp Coordinator, Aquinas College.
Your tour yesterday was a fantastic opportunity for our students to actually look around Melbourne and learn about its history at the same time. They have all given back excellent feedback about the experience. The students absolutely loved when they heard information about their person that they were given as an identity. We gathered an abundant number of facts that we will collate today during class. We all had a wonderful day and the other two classes are looking forward to Friday.   Laura Mather, Teacher,  Wallarano.
We absolutely loved your walking tour. We watched the video we took yesterday, and I couldn’t believe how strong the students’ recall was – they took in all that you shared with them. I’ve just attached the photo with Robert Doyle for your collection. Cheers,    Sherrin, Upper Beaconsfield Primary. 
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Some of the places we can go  that tell important stories of Melbourne’s heritage. We vary the route according to age, weather, time of day, group size and learning goals:

1835 – Fed Square/Yarra River: Welcome to country. Impact of settlement on Nearamnew.

1850s to 1930 St Paul’s Cathedral: Church of England, Eureka protests – birth of democracy. Gold rush.

1835 – 1850  Young and Jackson:  John and Eliza Batman, The Melbourne Treaty.

1840-1880’s  Flinders Lane: The great heritage warehouses, shipping lane

1854/1910 Flinders Street Station – the first steam train.

1860’s – Royal Arcade 1869: Gold rush, oldest Australian arcade,  icons of Melbourne

1870s  – Bank of Australasia 1872. Marvellous Melbourne Collins Street. Great crash and depression.

1880s -The GPO building 1886: early communication, retail, changes in technology, retail. First trams 1885.

1880’s – The Coles Book Arcade 1886: , Spiritualism, City of Literature 2008

1890’s – The Block Arcade 1891: Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne, Victoriana. Social life.

1890’s Presgrave Lane. Marvellous Smellboom. Sewage and pollution and factories. The flight to the suburbs

1901 Federation Square: Birth of a nation from six British colonies.

1910  – Myers 1910  Early Commerce, art deco.

1920s – Presgrave Lane. Squizzy Taylor and prohibition. Street art

1920’s –Nicholas Building 1927: Jazz Age. Fashion and textiles. Art Deco. The creative city.

1930’s – Manchester Unity building 1933: The Great Depression  

1950’s – Campbell Subway 1950’s: Olympic Games, The creative city.

1980’s – Centreway Arcade: 1984 architecture and Riddles. Globalisation.

1990s – Degraves Street and Centre Lane – 1990’s urban renaissance in the lanes

2008 –  Union Lane: The New City; the rise of Street Art 2008

2010 – City Square:  Multiculturalism, Melbourne’s Sister Cities, immigration

 

Flinders Street Station 1920s

Flinders Street Station 1920s

OUR WALKING AREA: The Melbourne  City Discovery Tour walking area from Federation Square to Bourke Street Mall and return (below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES

FILMS
See six historic films 1910-1940s: See Amazing  Melbourne in 1910  Also:
Living Melbourne 1910
    1920s Melbourne     Victoria Police 1920s     1930s Cable Trams    1940s Melbourne

OTHER

 http://www.yarrahealing.catholic.edu.au/teaching-learning/index.cfm?loadref=106. Features indigenous and other resources including our own book The Melbourne Dreaming

 Marvellous Melbourne Resources

 www.museumvictoria.com.au/MelbourneMuseum/WhatsOn/Current-Exhibitions/MelbourneStory/Favourite-Objects/
Features photographs and video clips about artefacts featured in the Melbourne Story exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

 www.emhs.org.au/gallery/early_melbourne
East Melbourne Historical Society. This site contains pictures from early settlement days in Melbourne.

Timeline of significant dates and events in Melbourne 1835 – 2000

www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/rsrc/PDFs/History/Historydates.pdf Key dates from settlement to today.

www.walkingmelbourne.com/city.html A brief overview of Melbourne and photographs of Melbourne today and in the past.

BOOKS, LISTS AND APPS
Also our Resources page for Apps, themes, further reading etc.

IMAGES

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