For the first time ever, People’s Tour Guides did live walking tours every Sunday of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2009.
The walking tours were a great success – two out of the four were sold out, feedback from walkers was very positive and the tours were featured in The Age newspaper and on ABC 774 with Alan Brough.
The information below is staying on the website because People’s Tours is being nominated for a Victorian Community History Award.
Musician Irine Vela launches the series with a free “sitting” tour (no walking in this one) of her life as a working musician in Melbourne.
7 pm, Saturday 26 September at Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, City. All welcome. Free. Listen to the audio tour
Tour #2 ***SOLD OUT***Carlton’s lesser known street art histories 1970s – 2009
Wander the back alleys of Carlton with local stencil artist Tom Sevil as he explores remnant street art and political graffiti.
1 pm – 2.30 pm, Sunday 27 September. Meet in the alley beside Readings Bookshop, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton. All tickets were $10. Listen to the audio tour
Tour #3 The long history of a short river: the Maribyrnong
The author of Making Modern Melbourne Jenny Lee starts above the bend in the river that is the site of the now-defunct Commonwealth Explosives Factory, and takes in sites of Indigenous settlement, industry around the river and the current McMansion invasion. 3 pm – 4.30 pm, Sunday 4 October: Meet at the Lily Street Park, Essendon West. All tickets were $10. Listen to the audio tour
Tour #4 ** SOLD OUT *** Lock Out the Landlords! Unemployed and eviction resistance in Brunswick, 1929-35
Activist and author Iain McIntyre take us back in time with his tour of sites of eviction and employed resistance in Brunswick in the Great Depression.
1 pm – 2.30 pm, Sunday 11 October: Meet at Brunswick Town Hall, 230 Sydney Road, Brunswick. All tickets were $10. Listen to the audio tour
These tours were produced by Jane Curtis and Community Radio 3CR and funded by the Office of Public Records Local History grant program. Graphic design by Jane Curtis.