Melbourne has been described as the founding heartland of Australian democracy and diversity. Explore iconic locations in the City of Melbourne that tell important stories of events, buildings and characters that have influenced social justice and freedoms in Australia. These include civil rights, lifestyles and movements such as Aboriginal rights, Womens liberties, free education, bohemians, moratoriums, gender equality, homelessness, conscription, ANZACs, democracy, the vote, anti-war protests, anti-racism, workers rights, artistic protest and creativity.
We travel from Federation Square to Chinatown over a 2-2.5 hour period (or any period requested). Tours normally start from Federation Square. Locations can include the Nicholas building, Hosier Lane, Manchester Unity, Ross House, Womens Centre, Melbourne Town Hall, Exhibition Street, Lt Bourke Street, KPMG, 50 Lonsdale, Athenaeum, town square and others depending on the day and times.
‘Melbourne Walks offers a superb introduction to the history of protest and justice issues in the City of Melbourne. Our school tour was characterised by impressive and comprehensive knowledge, high levels of student engagement, good humour and practical concern for our (high school) students on a warmish afternoon. I am very comfortable in giving Melbourne Walks my unreserved endorsement.’ Allan Ansell O.D., Sacred Heart College, Geelong, November 2015.
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