A tour of the Elgin Square walkups

A tour of the Elgin Square walkups of Carlton Housing Estate.

Why are they called the walkups? Where is the grassy knoll? What happens when a resident catches a non-resident using the carpark?

Tour guide and resident Maurice Wilson gives you the insiders tour around the public spaces of the Carlton Housing Estate on Palmerston Street. This is a tour tinged with some sadness and a desire to record the places where Maurice spent his best times the Estate is set to be redeveloped, and in the meantime, all of its residents watch and wait to be relocated.

The tour goes for 10 minutes and has an introduction in Maori.

Tour guide

From the land of the Long White Cloud (NZ), born in the year of the Monkey, on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer, all-round performer including cultural dancer and volunteer extraordinaire; I am Maurice Uehoka Milroy Wilson.

I moved to Melbourne in December, 2005 and have been living (with my partner) in the Carlton Elgin Square Walk Ups since April, 2006.

Redevelopment, relocation and maintenance issues drew me to the Carlton Arts Project (supporting the Pink Room) and then the Carlton Housing Estates Residents Services as Secretary.

Youll find my face on a billboard on the corner of Elgin and Canning Streets including posters at the Basketball Court adjacent.



This tour was created from a radio training course by Melbourne community radio station 3CR 855AM.

It is part of the Carlton Flats Arts Project produced by the Community Cultural Development Program City of Melbourne.

Logos: 3CR & City of Melbourne Arts


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