Join the History Council of Victoria for a walking tour of Melbourne with Graeme Davison.
Please note this event is now at capacity. To join the waiting list, email [email protected]
The Black Lives Matter movement has focused public attention on the history and enduring significance of public monuments and statues. Who we select for honour, and how they are represented, can tell us much about our changing values. This walk, which progresses from Parliament House by St Patrick's Cathedral and through the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens to the MCG, reviews statues and memorials of a range of local heroes from Pastor Doug Nicholls to James Cook, George Higinbotham to Henry Bolte, the Women's Suffrage Petition to Betty Cuthbert and Shane Warne. On the way, we will discuss how to read statues and debate how best to conserve, interpret and augment our monumental heritage.
Graeme Davison has been walking the city and interpreting its built heritage for more than 50 years. A former Chair of the History Council of Victoria, he was editor of Melbourne on Foot (1980), co-creator of Melbourne's Golden Mile walking trail and author of The Use and Abuse of Australian History, and other books on the monumental history of Australia.
Participants will meet outside Parliament House and the tour will conclude near Richmond Station.
This event will be conducted according to Victorian Government COVIDSafe guidelines. An email will be sent on the morning of the event if the weather or any other changes means we can’t go ahead.
Revisit our July 2020 event: Public Monuments - Contested Histories