Character Location Date Learning Opportunity / Discussion Points
Paper Boy State Library Victoria 3/11/1910 State Libary Victoria established 1854 - oldest public library in Australia. Newsboys Foundation established 1897.

Discussion: Many paper boys worked for the Bourke Street Rats (led by Squizzy Taylor). Why?

Constable Barclay

Constable Ryan

Exploration Hotel

(Bennetts Lane)

3/11/1910 Scene of the crime. 1910 first motor vehicle ambulance in Melbourne.
Vast quantities of champagne, gin and absinthe bottles found in archaeological dig.

Discussion: Why did the police use a door to carry the man to hospital? What are your first impressions of the crime?

Maud Gunter Russell Street Police 4/11/1910 Old Melbourne Gaol established 1842. Maud Gunter was a powerful woman in Little Lon (called Squizzy Taylor a “little worm”). Could do flying kicks and used a hat pin as a weapon. Strong ties to the Chinese community.

Recommendation: Take a City Watch House tour to see where John Evans was locked up for grevious bodily harm against Ernest Gunter.

Cecilia Hamilton 275 Exhibition Street
5/11/1910 1910 free kindergarten opened for Little Lon families. New job opportunities for women. Aimed to reduce high infant mortality rates in Little Lon. Many toys uncovered in archaeological dig.

Discussion: What was the impact of the first kindergarten in Little Lon?

John Evans Brittania Wine Bar
28 Corrs Lane
(Prev. Brogans Lane)
7/11/1910 John Evans member of Bourke Street Rats Push (gang). The disreputable Brittannia "wine bar" and (narrow) lane way was the scene of many crimes.

Discussion: Study the chilling poem 'Brogans Lane' written by Louis Esson in 1910.

Ernest Gunter Melbourne Hospital
210 Lonsdale St
9/11/1910 The Queen Victoria Women's Centre testifies to the contribution of women to Victoria's social, economic and cultural heritage. The whole block used to be the Melbourne hospital.

Discussion: Early medical theories & procedures from 1910. Changing use of buildings over time.

Rev. Alexander Edgar Wesleyan Church
148 Lonsdale St
10/11/1910 Reverend Edgar was a persuasive evangelist and social reformer. Early childhood story of Ernest Gunter and Sunday picnic races for children from Little Lon.

Discussion: The role of the church and social welfare in slum district.

Ernest McAuliffe

Minnie Barry

Old Black Eagle Lane
42 - 44 Lonsdale Street
10/11/1910 Illegal Two Up Schools in Old Black Eagle Lane. Gambling culture & police raids. Now only legal on Anzac Day.

Discussion: What is the history of Two-Up? What makes it a part of Australian culture?

Constable Barclay 32–34 Lonsdale Street 10/11/1910 Court system from 1910 – Coroner found ‘death by misadventure’ so there would be no criminal trial. Alias names & multiple identities in Little Lon.

Discussion: Study the newspaper articles written about the Two-Up raid and other articles about the Misadventure In Little Lon crimes.

Cecilia Hamilton 17 Casselden Pl 10/11/1910 Last single story workers cottage in Melbourne. Using legitmate businesses as a front for illegal
operations, e.g. Lolly shops as a fronts for brothels.

Discussion: Whose side of the story did you believe and why?

Maud Gunter

Thomas Brown

Oddfellows Hotel 10/12/1910 Oddfellows Hotel - original building from 1853. Remnant of early social life in the slum quarter. Vast quantities of oyster shells found in archaeological dig.

Discussion: Why was Maud so bent on revenge? What would you do in Maud's situation?




Old Exhibition
11/12/1910 World heritage site listed building.

Discussion: Challenges of life in Little Lon in 1910.

Recommendation: Visit the Melbourne Museum to learn more about the artefacts hidden in the game and on display in the Little Lon exhibit.