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.
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).