Adrift in an Armchair with Robyn Annear

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.

Robyn Annear has devised 7 historic walks around Melbourne and, in this event, she will be taking us on one of those 7 walks, albeit whilst we are seated comfortably at the RHSV with a glass of wine in hand. The walks showcase the hidden histories we might scurry past every day, the buildings now gone and the extraordinary characters who inhabited them. Robyn, as always, will be charming, erudite and frankly gossipy.

All seven walks appear in Robyn’s latest book, Adrift in Melbourne, her highly entertaining guide to Melbourne past and present. Whether you enjoy it on the hoof or from an armchair, Adrift in Melbourne will inspire you to unleash your inner flâneur to uncover the historical surprises of this great city.

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

As with all RHSV events held on-site, we will serve drinks from 5:30pm until 6pm when Robyn’s talk will begin.

In 2022 we will be attempting to offer both on-site events and Zoom access too. The talk will be available as a download after the event for the same $10 cost as a ticket.

This is an RHSV Women’s History Month event

Ticket Prices:

Members @RHSV: $10

Non Members @ RHSV $20

Zoom for All: $10 


March 09, 2022 at 5:30pm - 8pm
RHSV, Gallery Downstairs
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Royal Historical Society of Victoria · · 03 9326 9288
$20.00 AUD · Purchase tickets

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