Radical Melbourne Tour

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CELEBRATE an alternative history of protesters, strikers, bohemians, feminists, socialists, black resistance fighters, activists, writers, and dissenters who changed Melbourne for better (or worse). This is not the usual history of the Melbourne establishment but of those who challenged the social order seeking social justice, creativity and individuality.
PURSUE Melbourne troublemakers from dissident writers, artists, slum sisters, bohemians, soldiers, writers to communist printing presses and anti-rascist campaigners.
TRAVEL on our 2.5 hour tour via the lanes and heritage buildings from Flinders Street Station to Spring Street.
READ a review of our walk by writer Sue Jackson.

Melbourne Walks, led by Meyer Eidelson, offers a simply superb introduction to the history of protest and justice issues in the City of Melbourne. The 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.      Rev. Dcn. Allan Ansell O.D., Sacred Heart College, Geelong, November 2015

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This walk is partly inspired by an outstanding Melbourne publication: Radical Melbourne A Secret History (Vols 1 & 2) by Jill and Jeff Sparrow, Vulgar Press (also see our Resources page). This book is an essential addition to your library! 

The Radical Evangelicals and Batmans Treaty: Bible House, Flinders Lane The Evangelicals and the Dutigalla Treaty.

Eureka Stockade: St Patricks Cathedral

The Social Justice Collective: Ross House, Flinders Lane.

Radical Writers: “The Juvenal” of Lingham Lane, – Henry Lingham (poet, eroticism and critic), Marcus Clarke satirist.

'Specials' with truncheons Melbourne Town Hall 1923

‘Specials’ with truncheons Melbourne Town Hall 1923

Fighting White Australia: Edward Coles, Cheong Cheok Hong, Louis Ah Moy: Howey Place, Little Bourke St,

Federation and the spirit world:  Alfred Deakin

The Great Strikes: Melbourne Town Hall; 1890 Maritime Strike and the 1923 Police Strike, John Monash and blitzkrieg.

Val’s Coffee Lounge: Swanston Street

Corruption in High Places: City of Melbourne Building Society 1888, Lt Collins Street and Elizabeth St; The Land Boomers, Isaac Isaacs,  James Munro, Mathew Davies

Alabama in Melbourne: Tivoli Arcade – Val Eastwood, The Coloured Idea, Harry Houdini

Fighting for Women: The Women’s Centre. Lonsdale Street: The Stone family, Vida Goldstein, Zelda D’Aprano

Specials attack rioters 1923

Framing the Wharfies: 189 Lonsdale Street-Bombing Melbourne 1929

Power without Glory Corrs Lane Street – Federal Press 1947, Frank Hardy (Power without Glory), the Guardian, The Communist Dissolution Bill 1950.

Black Freedom fighters: Russell Street – Gallows Hill – Jack Napoleon and Trugannini, Derrimut

The Chinese Civil Rights Movement: Crofts Lane, Little Bourke St -“Mr Cheong” (Cheong Cheok Hong), Louis Ah Moy

Saints in the Slums: Lonsdale Street Providence: Saint Mary Mackillop’s Providence, Sister Esther

A Radical Building: Melbourne Synagogue: Corner Lt Lonsdale and Exhibition

The Fight for Equal Pay: Casselden Place: Zelda D’Aprano and the Green Latrine 1969

Red Russell Street: Movement against War and Fascism, 145 Russell Street, 1933;  IWW Office, 171 Little Bourke street, (cnr Russell), 1916; Victorian Socialists League, 177 Russell Street, 1900; Anarchist Bookery, 213 Russell Street 1890s; Communist Party Office, 217 Russell Street, 1924; Unemployed Workers Movement 260 Russell, 1930


Some Socialist Red Addresses
Melbourne Anarchist Club, Her Majesty’s Hall, 283 Elizabeth Street, 1906

Golden Fleece Hotel Australian Socialist League, 1889
Andrade’s bookshop, 201 Bourke Street, 1898
Matteoti Club anti-fascist social club, Spring Street, Victoria Street 1927
Trades Hall, Victoria Street, 1875
Federal Press, Communist Guardian office, 16 Corrs, 1947
Women’s Liberation Centre, 16 and 50 Little La Trobe Street, 1972
Eureka Hall, 104 Queensberry St, N Melbourne, 1942
International Bookshop, 17 Elizabeth Street, 1952
Workers Art Club 175 Bourke Street 1933
Flanigan Lane Workers Theatre, 1939
New Theatre 293 La Trobe Street, 1939
Communist Party office, 224 Swanston, 1920
Communist Party office, 252 Swanston, 1939
Communist Party office, 3 Hosier Lane
Movement against War and Fascism, 145 Russell Street, 1933
IWW Office, 171 Little Bourke street, (cnr Russell), 1916
Victorian Socialists League, 177 Russell Street, 1900
Anarchist Bookery, 213 Russell Street 1890s
Communist Party Office, 217 Russell Street, 1924
Unemployed Workers Movement 260 Russell, 1930


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