Visit the sites of Melbourne’s early settlement (called Bearbrass) founded in 1835 including its pubs, town square, Aboriginal meeting place, stocks, printing press, docks, batman’s and Fawkner’s homes, gaols and customs house and more where toffs, larrikins, convicts, bullock drivers and squatters jostled together to found the Melbourne we see today. Discuss the complex historical causes of colonisation.
Visit sites of the original places of the 1835 European settlement of Melbourne (Bearbrass) including town square, settlers’ homes, indigenous sites, gaols, pubs, docks, churches, hospital and more.
Meet At: Southern Cross Station, Corner of Spencer St & Collins St, Melbourne 3000
This is a walking tour presented by leading Melbourne tour guide Meyer Eidelson, and suitable for those who have a general interest in historical-based walks.
Meyer Eidelson brings a wealth of information and passion to his popular walks. His fascinating career includes roles as President of the St Kilda Historical Society, a founding member of Earthcare and Director of Melbourne Walks, presenting over forty walking tours exploring the indigenous, natural and historical aspects of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. In 2001 Meyer designed seven Federation walks in Port Phillip including five federation benches on the foreshore. In 2003 he designed Melbourne’s largest bush tucker trail in Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park. In 2003, Meyer was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his contribution to the Federation year and to community heritage.
Meyer is the author of fourteen books including:
– The Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to Aboriginal Places in Melbourne
– Secrets of Seaside Suburbs
– Flood, Fire and Fever. A History of Elwood
– Alfreda the City Penguin
– Nation Builders. Great Stories and Lives from St Kilda Cemetery
– Walks in Port Phillip. A Guide to the Landscapes of a City
– Books, Tanks and Radios: Stories from a Family of Survivors