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November 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


It is always exciting when Robyn Annear releases another of her captivating books into the wild and her latest book, which releases on the 30th of November, promises to be fabulous. Robyn has devised 7 historic walks around Melbourne and she will be leading a walking tour for RHSV members of one of those walks – around the Queen Victoria Markets and Flagstaff Gardens area.

The walk will be 90 minutes and finish with morning tea with Robyn. Because there is a limit of 15 for this walk we are limiting it to strictly just RHSV members. The walk will go ahead regardless of the weather so please be prepared for whatever Melbourne throws at us on the day. Wear comfortable shoes and carry some water. The starting point and ending point of the walk will be emailed to ticket-buyers.

Melbourne’s streets have always been marvellous—but the proud facades of the nineteenth-century boom aren’t the half of it.
What about the stories behind them?
The great corset scandal of Melbourne’s belle epoque;
The heritage-listed toilets out the back of the Rialto;
The exploits of the women who ran the brothels in Little Lonsdale Street;
The reason George Mallaby starred in Homicide wearing a hat two sizes too small.

This book contains a series of walks created by Robyn Annear to showcase the hidden histories we might scurry past every day, the buildings now gone and the extraordinary characters who inhabited them.
Charming, erudite and frankly gossipy, Annear’s highly entertaining guide to Melbourne past and present need not be experienced on the move. But whether you enjoy it from a tram stop or an armchair, Adrift in Melbourne will inspire you to unleash your inner flâneur on the lurking surprises of this great city.

The other good news is that Robyn will be doing a virtual walk for us in 2022 so, if you are not one of the lucky 15, you will be able to join Robyn at the RHSV when she takes you on an armchair ride through the streets and laneways of Melbourne. This event will be publicised in early 2022 so keep an eye out.

If you want to buy Adrift in Melbourne (great Christmas present for any Melburnian) click here.


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November 30
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Royal Historical Society of Victoria
03 9326 9288


Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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