Our tours examine who lived in a community and how do we know? How has our community changed over time? What features have been lost and what features have been retained? What is the contribution has been made by different groups and individuals in the community? How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past? What iconic stories are represented by buildings and places? What milestones have occurred in a community from traditional owners, to settlers to gold rush to war and depression to modern society?
Popular places we run this tour include the central city (CBD), Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Elwood, Footscray.
CBD MELBOURNE – CITY DISCOVERY
Our famous interactive tour takes your Primary, Secondary or International students to iconic places that tell the story of evolution of the community of Melbourne through the epic Milestones of its buildings, culture, identity, events and people.
Students undertake a walking ‘mystery history tour’ of 30 or so iconic places which tell important stories of how diversity and heritage have constructed the identity of the St Kilda community. Locations include Fitzroy Street, Acland Street, the St Kilda Esplanade and foreshore. Students learn to identify change over time and traces of the past in architecture, landscapes, symbols, monuments and key events using observations and questioning. See also a choice of St Kilda Walks
ELWOOD WALKING TOUR: Explore the extraordinary built and natural heritage and community evolution of Elwood with the author of the ‘History of Elwood’ including the canal, the Ormond Road village, the foreshore, architecture and indigenous sites…. More
FOOTSCRAY WALKING TOURS – Take a stroll through the heart of Footscray and explore the fascinating evolution of its, community, people, homes, hotels, businesses, immigration, warehouses, transport and changes over time. Also we have a Footscray Heritage Wharf Tour of the original settlement, bridges, pubs and indigenous sites on the Maribyrnong River. See pictures Footscray
YARRAVILLE WALKING TOUR: Explore the delightful village of Yarraville and community evolution with its fascinating mix of railways, picture theatre, traders, clubs and community groups. See Pictures
PORT MELBOURNE WALKING TOUR: Discover the amazing transformation of Port Melbourne and Station Pier, the greatest immigration and transport hub in Australia. Explore the places of early settlement and community evolution along Bay Street and learn the history of indigenous people, settlers, soldiers, dock workers and immigrants. More
“Thank you for the wonderful guide around St Kilda. We received great positive feedback from students, parents and teachers.” ..… Melbourne Grammar School: Grimwade House
“So stimulating and informative. The students have so many ideas they are busily following up as we speak“.……St Kilda Park Primary School
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