Course Summary

Surveyed and planned in 1852, Carlton was the favoured sites for the Melbourne’s first University, Trades Hall Council, and Royal Exhibition Building.
Carlton also has a rich history of Italian and Jewish communities who settled here and created many businesses. Indeed, it still remains one of Melbourne’s most important Italian areas.

Your host Isabel Simpson leads you on a fascinating tour recounting stories of the past as you pass gracious terrace housing and the site of the first Children’s Hospital, the old weather bureau, Medley Hall, churches, and beautiful Macarthur and Murchison Squares, and site of scoundrel Squizzy Taylor’s demise. See countless former pubs and the site of the famous Ball & Welch store. Music professors, artists like McCubbin, Roberts and Buvelot, and writers had connections with Carlton and we conclude at the unique “La Mama” theatre.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email enquiries@cae.edu.au to register your interest.

This is a walking tour focusing on the historical aspects of Carlton.

The guided tour with Isabel Simpson provides students with a fascinating overview of the area – its history, characters and important people, buildings and site ( long-gone or still standing).

This is a walking tour. Students should be comfortable in participating in this type of physical activity.

Meet At: Corner Victoria Parade and Lygon Streets (west side), Carlton 3053

Students should dress for comfort taking the weather forecast into consideration. BYO umbrella (subject to weather forecast).

For students keen to hear more about Carlton’s history, as well as those keen on a leisurely and entertaining Sunday walking tour.

Last updated: March 18, 2019 04:15pm