The Day that Shook Russell Street

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 06:00 PM


State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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Event contact

Margaret Birtley

0418 814 957

At 1.01 pm on Thursday 27 March 1986, fifty sticks of gelignite, planted in a stolen brown Holden Commodore parked outside the Russell Street Police Complex, were detonated by a primitive but effective timing mechanism. The blast marked for some a change in consciousness: where once Melbourne was seen as a peaceful and calm city, the blast indicated the start of a new period of criminal violence.

Join us at a seminar to mark the 30th anniversary of this shocking and tragic event.

Panellists include:

  • Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin, Victoria Police
  • Geoff Wilkinson, OAM, Founding Media Director of the Victorian Police
  • Martin Green, Learning & Interpretations Manager, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

The seminar will be chaired by Associate Professor Seamus O'Hanlon of Monash University.

Did you miss this seminar? It was kindly recorded by State Library Victoria. Click here to watch the video.

The seminar is part of the Making Public Histories series, a joint initiative between State Library Victoria, the History Council of Victoria and Monash University. It is a focused seminar series that explores the issues and approaches to historical representation in contemporary society, public history, making history and heritage.


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