Course Summary

Join tour guide, Isabel Simpson as she explores Clifton Hill, named by land speculator John Hanlon Knipe.  The co-founder of Melbourne, John Pascoe Fawkner, purchased land here in 1851.  Today ‘Quarry Park’ from the late 1840’s provided much of the bluestone for Melbourne’s lanes.  We acknowledge surveyor Clement Hodgkinson for its wonderful wide streets.  

We view intact bluestone contractors and Cordial Manufacturers residences, former boot factories, today repurposed as apartments and a former leather goods factory.  There were many private schools, residences of trade unionists, and politicians and we pass the imposing Italianate former Royal Hotel.

Course Sessions

Sunday, 22nd September - 1 class

Session ID DNBA7601C
22 Sep - 22 Sep 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$119 / $113 (conc)

About Simpson       

Isabel Simpson is a leading tour guide whose main focus is historical sites.  She is an avid researcher who delights in interpreting Melbourne’s past and present by combining history, architecture and people. Or in Isabel’s own words: “My walks are a tapestry of social, cultural, historical, street art and architectural explosion.”

Isabel has provided fascinating tours for many leading Melbourne institutions including the CAE, National Gallery of Victoria, City museum, conservation groups as well as visitors to Melbourne, including cruise ships.

Isabel holds formal training qualifications and is a member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia (VIC) & nationally accredited guide, Guiding Organisations Australia.

Last updated: July 12, 2024 04:52pm