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On this day ………… 10th March 1891

Before the days of motion pictures, the next best thing was cyclorama, a huge mural of some particular gripping episode in history which surrounded the viewer. By 1891, the gramophone had arrived on the entertainment scene and for added realism, recordings of sound effects could be played. Thus it was that the 1891 cyclorama of the battle of Waterloo opened in Melbourne on this day to huge crowds. Not only did the whole panorama look spectacular with artificial smoke drifting across the battlefields and recordings of cannons booming out, but it had a real life relic of the famous battle. The promoter of cyclorama had discovered in a benevolent home, a soldier who had been involved in the battle. His name was Jeremiah Brown and he was just short of his 99th birthday. The promoters found an old uniform for Jeremiah and gave him a place of honour in he display where he told wide eyed boys of all ages of his adventure as a 14 year old at the battle of Waterloo.

 

 

We still have some spots left on tours this weekend!

  • Chinatown Murder Tour 8pm Friday
  • Carlton Murder Tour 10pm Friday – only 2 spots left
  • Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour 8pm Friday
  • Geelong Gaol Investigation 9.30pm Friday
  • Chinatown Murder Tour 8pm Saturday
  • Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour 10pm Saturday
  • Geelong Gaol Investigation midnight Saturday

Dont forget we have our special investigation at the Blackwood Hotel this Tuesday night!

For all tours, please call 1300865800

The team at Twisted History would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!! 

We will be closed at all locations on Christmas night to spend time with our nearest and dearest but will be back on Boxing Day to share the darker side of Victoria’s history into 2016.

imageA prisoner, named Percy Ramage who is serving along sentence for violently assaulting a policeman in Melbourne, is not making his lot any more pleasant by repeated breaches of gaol discipline. He has been frequently dealt with in the local gaol and elsewhere by the visiting justices, he was sentenced to six months in irons by the police magistrates for successive exhibitions of violence, during which he damaged Government property, and for creating disturbances. The sentence is concurrent with that which he is undergoing.

Thank you to the fantastic group who joined me in Chinatown last night! I hope you enjoyed your exploration of the most dangerous street in the colony!! ~ Madam

A Chinese in the Geelong Gaol, named Ah Lee Goon, who was transferred some time, ago from the Melbourne Gaol on account of mental weakness, has developed into a violent lunatic. On this day in 1902, two magistrates attended at the local gaol and committed the Celestial to a lunatic asylum.

Join the team at Twisted History in the oldest Chinese community outside of Asia ….. and the most dangerous street in the colony, Little Bourke Street.  Hear about murders, drugs, crime and prostitution from our costumed guides.  Tours run every Friday and Saturday night.  Bookings essential on 130086580012141560_616456475159053_7960983741588420104_n