Walks + Talks

We are pleased to once again have local historian, Jeff Atkinson, presenting Local History Walks and Talks.
All walks start at 10.30am and talks start at 2pm.

Meeting places for walks are specified in the description, talks take place at PHCC.
$5 booking fee for each event
Book online to reserve your place.

Local History TALK – Saturday 2 October – The Inner Circle Railway Line
An illustrated presentation by local historian Jeff Atkinson on the ill-conceived Inner Circle railway line that ran through North Carlton and North Fitzroy from 1888 until its closure 90 years later. Learn of the political events that led to it being constructed, and the struggle by local residents after it was closed to have the land along which it ran converted into a park – a struggle that involved the controversial union leader Norm Gallagher. Book here.

Local History WALK – Saturday 16 October – Historic Carlton: Victorian Grandeur
Carlton has probably the best examples in Australia of the eloquent ‘boom era’ architecture of the late 19th century, complete with English type squares, and generously designed streets, laid out in the 1850’s by Robert Hoddle, who also designed the grid of Melbourne’s central business district. Join local historian Jeff Atkinson for a walk through some of south Carlton’s most picturesque and historic streets, and enjoy some of its grandest buildings. Meet at 10.30am on the corner of Grattan and Drummond Streets, Carlton. Book here.

Local History TALK – Saturday 6 November – Crime in Carlton
In this talk, local historian Jeff Atkinson will introduce you to the petty criminals that inhabited Carlton in the early days, the prostitutes and larrikins, as well as the more colourful crime figures, and the infamous murders that occurred in Carlton, covering the period from the time the suburb was first settled until the present. Book here.

Local History WALK – Saturday 20 November – Historic Princes Hill
Join local historian Jeff Atkinson for a walk around this interesting part of Carlton, and hear of its history and the history of iconic places such as Princes Park, the Carlton Football Ground and the Melbourne General cemetery. Hear stories of past conflicts, and see fine examples of different architectural styles of the late 19th and early 20th century. Meet at 10.30am at the Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill. Book here.

Local History TALK – Saturday 4 December – Carlton During World War Two
Carlton, like the rest of Melbourne, was severely affected by the Second World War. Particularly affected were Carlton’s Jewish community as news reached them of concentration camps, and the Italian community who suddenly found themselves classed as ‘enemy agents’. In this illustrated presentation by historian Jeff Atkinson you will hear of the strong military presence in the Carlton area, and the fear of a Japanese invasion, of the effect of food and fuel shortages, and of men leaving for service overseas and perhaps not returning. Book here.