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Straight out of the pages of a history book
Presented as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival are 5 Having a Voice: Guided Historical Walks around Melbourne.

Having a Voice: guided historical walks
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Through this series of walks, you'll hear from a diverse range of people from different walks of life, all sharing their culture and stories. All five tours are free, but bookings are essential on the phone numbers listed below.

Southbank Birrarung Falls Walk

Having a Voice: guided historical walks
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When: Thursday 27 April 2017 ​2pm to 3.30pm
Phone to book your place: 9658 9600

Beginning in the foyer of the Yarra Building at Federation Square, the Koorie Heritage Trust will take in the Birrarung Wilam Aboriginal art installations. ​Then meandering along Birrarung Marr, your friendly Koorie guide will take you through significant sites like the Elizabeth Street Creek and the original location of the Birrarung Falls.

Workers' Rights Walk

Having a Voice: guided historical walks
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When: Saturday 29 April 2017 ​10.30am to 12pm
Phone to book your place: 9658 9600

Join Edwina Byrne on the steps of the Victorian Trades Hall Council corner Victoria and Lygon streets in Carlton South and learn more about the history of workers' rights in Melbourne. This fascinating tour including the Trades Hall and the Eight Hour Day Monument will remind us of the wins by workers so we can have holiday pay, sick leave, maternity leave, paid overtime and safer workplaces as a right.

A walk Through Melbourne's Queer History

Having a Voice: guided historical walks
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When: Monday 1 May 2017 ​11am to 12.30pm
Phone to book your place: 9658 9600

Meeting in the forecourt of the State Library of Victoria (Swanston Street), explore Melbourne's queer heritage as part of this walk led by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

​What's so queer about the State Library? Where and when did the first queer marriages take place? Come along on this walk and find out.

Voices of North Melbourne

Having a Voice: guided historical walks
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When: Saturday 6 May 2017 ​2pm to 4pm
Phone to book your place: 9658 9700

Starting from the North Melbourne Library (66 Errol Street
North Melbourne), this walk will lead you from the library to the slum areas of Hardwick Street and 'up the hill' to Molesworth Street telling of this area's long history of habitation.

East Melbourne Group: The First of its Kind

Having a Voice: guided historical walks
East Melbourne Group: the first of its kind


When: Friday 19 May 2017 ​11am to 12.30pm
Phone to book your place: 9658 9600

Meeting at the East Melbourne Library (122 George Street
East Melbourne), join historian Jenny Brown on this walk​ around the beautifully preserved streets of this area and hear how in 1953, a small group of residents fighting to save the elm trees established what is believed to be the first residents' association in Melbourne.

So book your place and join in on one of these walking tours and learn a little about the history of this great city. Don't forget to wear comfy shoes and bring along a water bottle.
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Why? Free walking history lessons
When: 27 April, 29 April, 1 May, 6 May, 19 May
Phone: 9658 9600
Where: 5 walks starting from different places
Cost: Free - but phone to book your place
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