Misadventure In Little Lon offers insights into the complex class, gender and power structures that shaped peoples lives and formed the bones of Melbourne's society today. Click on the images below for themes and further discussion points for each scene. Click here for printable table format and map of all locations.
1. Paper Boy - State Library Vic
Discussion - Many paper boys worked for Bourke Street Rats (led by Squizzy Taylor). Why?
2. Constable Barclay - Exploration Hotel
Discussion - Why did the police use a door to carry the man to hospital? What are your first impressions of the crime?
3. Maud Gunter - Russell St Police
Recommendation - Take a City Watch House tour where John Evans was locked up.
4. Cecilia Hamilton - Kindergarten
Discussion - what was the impact of the first kindergarten in Little Lon?
5. John Evans - Brogans Lane
Discussion: Study the chilling poem 'Brogans Lane' written by Louis Esson in 1910.
6. Ernest Gunter - Melbourne Hostpital
Discussion: Early medical theories & procedures from 1910. Changing use of buildings over time.
7. Reverend Edgar - Wesleyan Church
Discussion: The role of the church and social welfare in slum district.
8. McAuliffe/Barry - Black Eagle Ln
Discussion: What is the history of Two-Up? What makes it a part of Australia culture?
9. Constable Barclay - 34 Lonsdale Street
Discussion: Study the newspaper article about the raid on the Two-Up School
10. Cecilia Hamilton - 17 Casselden Place
Discussion: Whose side of the story did you believe and why?
11. Maud Gunter/Brown - Oddfellows
Discussion: Why was Maud so bent on revenge? What would you do in Maud’s situation?
12. Epilogue - Old Exhibition Building
Recommendation: Visit the Melbourne Museum to learn more about the artefacts hidden in the game on display in the Little Lon exhibit.
Image Credits: State Library Victoria, Public Records Office Victoria and Melbourne Museum.