SmartBar

Crime, Scandal, Rumour, Drinks and DJs

Past Event: 29 November 2012

SmartBar 29.11.12
'Harlot's Web', SmartBar

Melbourne Museum’s after dark event is back!

Take a walk on the dark side of our city and explore notorious gangsters, brothels and opium dens, the poisoning of Phar Lap, and plenty of scandals in between.

Our latest SmartBar may shock and surprise you as we reveal the historical scandals of Melbourne:

  • Hear about the battle for control of Melbourne’s early Museum: a war of personalities, an epic love affair, and some great embarrassments.
  • Walk on the mean streets of 1920s Melbourne and get acquainted with Squizzy Taylor and his cohorts, the infamous gangsters renowned for sly-grog selling, robbery and even murder.
  • Discover the events around the 1921 ‘Gun Alley Murder’, a shocking crime that led to the arrest, conviction, hanging, and eventual posthumous pardon, of a local saloon owner.
  • Explore Phar Lap’s shocking death in 1932 which resulted from arsenic poisoning, long rumoured to be the work of organised criminals.
  • Meet Melbourne’s ‘Queen of Harlotry’ – Madame Brussels, the infamous proprietor of the most expensive and opulent brothels in Little Lonsdale St.
  • Hear about the dramatic battle for control of Melbourne’s early Museum: a war of personalities, an epic love affair, and some great embarrassments.

Please note this is not an actual walking tour of Melbourne, it is a quirky informative event in our Melbourne Gallery.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night.

Avoid the queue – buy online and print and bring your ticket with you.

Sponsored by:

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