EXPLORE Melbourne places with historic and contemporary connections to geography, prehistory, paleontology, cosmology, physics, geometry, gravity, geology, archaeology and sustainability, bio-mimicry, architecture, chemistry, mathematics and biology.
PARTICIPATE in an entertaining and informative walking tour of historic and current infrastructure, places and buildings that underlie the city centre.
LEARN about the numbers, design and geography that have helped to inform the evolving technology of the CBD grid.
TRAVEL through Australia’s biggest concentration of lanes and arcades as well as new and old buildings using historic maps and images.
TOURS can be any length but are normally up to two hours for students and 2.5 hours for other groups. They commence from Melbourne Visitors Centre, Federation Square www.fedsquare.com See also our Innovation Tour.
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Questions we pursue depending on time available:
What was Australia’s first manufactured product?
How could Melbourne sparrows help to save species from climate change?
What is Federation Squares connection to religion, palaeontology, geography and astronomy?
Can a fossil protect help fertility?
Where can you find a Cambrian fossil from outback Australia?
How many seasons does Melbourne really have?
What vast animal migration happens every year in Melbourne?
What is the world’s largest trampoline?
What is biomimicry? What connects new buildings to termites?
What connects archaeology to sewers?
What do Flinders Street and Taj Mahal have in common?
What is the benefit of the ratio of 1 x 2 x square root 5?
How long did it take to get from Flinders Street to St Kilda 160 years ago?
Was Melbourne’s first document a forgery?
When did Melbourne get electric cars?
What do the measurement 3 chains, 10 chains, one chain (99 feet) and 142 feet mean for Melbourne architecture?
How did salicylic acid build 37 Swanton Street? What else did Hoffman invent?
What is a Bohemian Index?
What has Flinders Street Station got to do with Bombay?
How do you deliver mail by gravity?
How do you deliver mail by vacuum?
Why giant iron shutters on wheels in the lane?
What is bluestone? Why are there ‘fingers’ in it?
What was the Hydraulic Power Company?
Can street art cure ‘rats, rubbish and crime’?
Can you decode the riddles in Centre Place and Newspaper House?
What is the secret purpose of 32 of Melbourne’s information stands.
What is a switchboard for? What is it now?
How many people rode Melbourne’s first escalator day one?
Who made history with a frog?
In 1884 one Melbournian foretold the future of Melbourne in 2000. How accurate was he?How do you reconstruct the past from sewer pits.
Where are most of Melbourne’s former pulleys?
Which new invention nearly killed a Prime Minister?
How much did a man 5 foot nine inches weigh in 1880?
Why was Melbourne’s CBD abandoned by most of its residents for century?
What are the probabilities of winning at two up?
How was Melbourne unintentionally designed for wind tunnels?
What does a woman have to invent to get her picture onto a $20.00 note?
What will a thousand green lamps achieve?
What is a cantilever? How does it work?
What is wilam?
Where are Lamson tubes? Why could it be a technology of the future?
Two stones. One is an Aboriginal flint. Another is not. How can you tell?
What has measured 100,000 people now deceased?
What and where is a cantilever staircase?
Why are there towers on the GPO?
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