Melbourne Social Justice Tour (schools and groups)

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Melbourne citizens protest outside St Paul's Cathedral at Government attack at Eureka, 1854.MELBOURNE is a founding heartland of Australian democracy and the peace movement. Australia was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations in 1945 as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 which enshrines the rights and freedoms of all human beings and inspired over 80 international human rights treaties and declarations that protect dissenting individuals today.

EXPLORE ICONIC PLACES in the City of Melbourne that tell important stories of protests, including events and personalities,
 that have influenced Australian social justice, civil rights and freedoms.
INVESTIGATE the different forms of social justice campaigns in Melbourne including petitions, elections, marches, moratoriums, strikes, referendums, architecture, postal surveys, public art, sport, street art even armed rebellion (Eureka) and insurrection (Ned Kelly).
DISCOVER ISSUES that have spurred Melbourne social justice campaigns such as the women’s vote, equal pay, climate, detention, eight-hour day, homelessness, racism, disability, gender equality, crime,  transportation, reconciliation, taxation, war, and artistic freedom.
AN IDENTITY that has influenced social justice is provided to each student during our school tours. See: SOCIAL JUSTICE IDENTITIES 2024

ROUTEInternational Women's Day rally, Melbourne
We travel from Federation Square through the CBD over a two-hour (students) or 2.5 hour (adults) period or other period requested.
Tours normally start from Federation Square.  Locations may include St Pauls, Flinders Station, Federation Square, Koorie Heritage Trust, Nicholas building, Hosier Lane, Manchester Unity, Ross House, Vic Womens Centre, Melbourne Town Hall, Howie Place, Lt Bourke Street, Bourke Street, 50 Lonsdale, Athenaeum Theatre, and others depending on the day and times.


Government of the people, by the people and for the people and not one half the people.
The  ‘Monster’ suffragette petition 1891.

We swear under the banner of the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.
Peter Lalor swearing the Miners Oath, 1854.

‘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 students on a warmish afternoon. I am very comfortable in giving Melbourne Walks my unreserved endorsement.’  
Sacred Heart College, Geelong.

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