Hear how the Russell Street in 1986 bombing changed Melbourne forever in this Making Public Histories seminar.
On Thursday 27 March 1986, 50 sticks of gelignite planted in a stolen brown Holden Commodore parked outside the Russell Street Police Complex were detonated by a primitive but effective timing mechanism.
This shocking event marked a change in consciousness for the community: where once Melbourne was seen as a peaceful and calm city, the blast heralded the start of a new period of criminal violence.
- Associate Professor Seamus O'Hanlon (chair), Monash University
- Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin, Victoria Police
- Geoff Wilkinson, OAM, Founding Media Director, Victoria Police
- Martin Green, Learning & Interpretations Manager, National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
About Making Public Histories
Making Public Histories is an ongoing seminar series exploring public history, contemporary society and heritage with discussions framed around topical issues. It is a joint initiative between State Library Victoria, the History Council of Victoria and Monash University Institute for Public History.