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The mean streets of old Melbourne

booked out

03 April 2019, 11:00am12:00pm
03 April 2019, 2:00pm3:00pm
06 April 2019, 11:00am12:00pm
Location Meet next to Readings Bookshop
Russell Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Uncover the nefarious heritage of Marvellous Melbourne, guided by crime writers including Marcus Clarke, Mary Fortune – the bigamous wife of a policemen, whose son George became a career criminal – and Fergus Hume, whose Mystery of a hansom cab (1886) was the first international detective fiction blockbuster.

Real-life detectives like JM Christie and Fook Shing will also make an appearance as State Library Creative Fellow Lucy Sussex leads you on a tour that also delves into Koorie and Chinese history, homelessness, and the lives of women on the streets.