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Melbourne Historical Crime Tours

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An immersive experience into the lives of Melbourne's most infamous criminals.

We went on the Gangsters, Brothels and Lolly Shops tour and thoroughly enjoyed the experience... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Byronking89
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Johannesburg, South Africa
enjoying the dark side

fantastically interesting Sunday walk though laneways of 'genteel' houses listening to tales of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Di W
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Melbourne, Australia
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Gangsters, Brothels and Lolly Shops walking tour (Melbourne CBD): Saturdays 4.30-6.30pm Fitzroy True Crime Walking Tour: Thursdays 5.30-7.30pm, Fridays 2-4pm, Sundays 1-3pm The 2 hour walking tours are hosted by True Crime writer Michael Shelford...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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corner of Gertrude St and Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
Fitzroy
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+61 422 525 565
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the Gangsters, Brothels and Lolly Shops tour and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Michael's knowledge of both the area and the various characters that roamed its streets was exceptional and he fielded all our questions with confidence. I could not recommend this tour...More

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Byronking89, I really enjoyed showing your group around some of old Melbourne town. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your stay in Australia, all the best, Michael.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

fantastically interesting Sunday walk though laneways of 'genteel' houses listening to tales of the full spectrum of crime, murder to corruption. Michael brought to life the characters and their flaws & brighter side. He was adept at answering questions and changing story direction to give...More

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Di, glad that you enjoyed the Sunday afternoon tour of old Fitzroy. The coffee and cake sounds like a great way to end the afternoon, thanks, Michael.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked a group session for this walk and all feedback was positive. Michael was engaging and knew his stuff. Don't be put off by the one hour walking tour, there are a number of key spots close to each other that you will stop...More

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Chris, happy that you and your group enjoyed my tour of old Fitzroy, cheers, Michael.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome, I have just done this tour and was absolutely amazed at the stories that were told about 5he red light district in Little Lonsdale street and surrounding streets, Michael who runs the tour was brilliant when he told 5he stories he made the characters...More

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks sunders2, glad you enjoyed the tour. It really is an amazing little precinct from Melbourne's past, all the best, Michael.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this casual walk around Fitzroy and learning about the gangsters that lived in the area. Michael was very informative and thorough.

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Raysu, was a great afternoon. Hope to see you on another of my tours at some stage down the track, thanks, Michael.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have raved about this to anyone who will listen tour since Saturday night (14/7)! The guide, Michael, was so full of knowledge about a time in Melbourne that we really knew very little about. His storytelling and laser slide show brought everything to life...More

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Jackie, was a fantastic tour group and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Thanks also for spreading the word about the tours, much appreciated, cheers, Michael.

Reviewed July 7, 2018

My husband and soent t a fascinating couple of hours with Michael - he had a wealth of knowledge about the Fitzroy area and its early characters and was a fantastic story teller. We would love to take another one of his tours in the...More

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review and glad that you and your husband enjoyed the afternoon. Hopefully see you on one of my other tours at some stage down the track, thanks, Michael.

Reviewed July 3, 2018

This was a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Having moved into the city from the 'burbs it was a fantastic way to learn about where I live and some history of Melbourne. Michael really knows his stuff. I was with friends from Perth...More

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Michael S, Manager at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Michelle, I really enjoyed having your group on my tour, glad you all enjoyed it too, cheers, Michael.

Reviewed July 3, 2018

Our tour was fantastic! Our host was professional with a wealth of researched knowledge. Have always been intrigued by this area and it was fascinating to hear so many stories and facts about the houses, streets, laneways and the personalities that had roamed them. Our...More

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Michael S, Manager at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Sarah. Really appreciate the review and glad that you enjoyed the tour, cheers, Michael

Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time, albeit freezing. Thanks Melbourne. Michael was passionate and knowledgeable. He is a brilliant storyteller and takes you right back to the thick of the action. Great tour. Highly recommend tour. Cheers

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Michael S, Owner at Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

Thanks Gareth, glad you enjoyed the tour. Really appreciate the review, Cheers, Michael.

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Fitzroy is an unusual blend of working class roots,
hip gentrification, and a robust bohemian work ethic.
Along Brunswick Street and its side streets, you'll
find little independent shops where local clothes and
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specialist bookshops, funky record bars, and quality
vintage clothing shops where browsing is the next best
thing to buying. Gertrude Street is famous for its
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