TOP OF HISTORIC MELBOURNE

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ADVENTURE with an historian to see hidden places, forgotten stories and rare views of heritage Melbourne.   Locations, depending on dates and times, may include rooftop bars, Myers, GPO, Salvation Army citadel, car parks, sky signs, Nicholas building and others.
EXPERIENCE heritage views that tell iconic stories about Melbourne’s history and culture including highs and lows  of morality, wealth, power, class, geography, technology  and our Indigenous past. We use birds-eye images by artists as far back as 1837 to illustrate these stories.
TRAVEL from Melbourne’s former slum and theatre district to the warehouse precinct to the fashion and commercial precincts. Investigate historic technologies of overcoming height e.g steps, trams, stairwells, winches, fire-escapes,  hydraulic lifts, escalators and super lifts – whatever it takes.

CONSIDERATIONS  Average fitness, capacity to climb some stairs, and tolerance to lifts is required.  This tour, not surprisingly, may not be suitable for height sensitive people.  Regrettably this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
MEETING POINT: GPO Melbourne.
WHEN: Tours runs by arrangement Mondays to Fridays; 

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The Guardian article rooftop

Rooftop walk with Meyer was pretty awesome.  We were four twenty- and thirty-somethings visitors.
“Our group of seniors had a marvelous time. Highly organised and we went at our own place with a wonderful coffee break. This is one of a series with Melbourne Walks that have all been excellent! Moorleigh U3A
On behalf of Liz, (the birthday girl), Mary-Liz, Annemarie and myself I would like to thank you very much for guiding us through an interesting and informative walk yesterday.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.  It gave everyone a new insight into the CBD.
 
Yesterday we went on a 3 hour ‘roof top’ walk in Melbourne. We had a marvellous time… It felt as if Meyer was uncovering Secret Melbourne for us. We took lifts and climbed stairs to glimpse roof gardens, the back garden of the reclusive Melbourne Club, and many other stunning sights from rooftop vantage points. Meyer was so informative, relaxed and obviously loves history. Inspiring! 

DSC01257 THEMES
The Civic precinct: churches, slums and institutions.
Paris end: Respectability and Money.
Temperance palaces versus pubs.
Christian evangelism versus Madam Brussells.
Palazzos versus skyscrapers.
Electric versus hydraulic power.
Cars versus bullocks and horses.
The Moral Majority versus the wages of sin.

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