{"center":{"lat":-37.813454,"lng":144.973977},"id":75904,"visited":false,"current_place":{"icon":"https:\/\/theplacesihavebeen.com\/wordpress\/wp-content\/themes\/tpihb\/markers\/marker.site_izi.2.off.png","name":"The Heritage of Herstory: the emergence of feminism in Melbourne"}}

Audio Guide The Heritage of Herstory: the emergence of feminism in Melbourne

en

This audio tour will visit a series of Melbourne’s heritage sites connecting the story of women attaining the right to vote and participate in public political life, and several enduring public landmarks. The story will demonstrate how social reforms initiated by women and for women were key in the cultural and social progress of Melbourne from the 19th into the 20th century.

The 1830’s saw the rise of the temperance movement in Melbourne, inspired by similar in America and Britain. Temperance was a social movement against the consumption of alcohol, lobbied for largely by women from Christian church based organisations, such as the Independent Order of Rechabites, the Band of Hope and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. (WCTU)[1] The temperance movement was the first movement where women were permitted to deter their focus from family, church or home into politics. The women activists recognised through their temperance action that their political voice was powerless to influence social policy and legislation without the vote in parliament. The Melbourne branch of the WCTU was formed in 1886, and rapidly grew to 3000 members in 1892. Throughout the 1890s the WCTU gained momentum and strength, developing alliances with other women’s suffrage organisations, and by the 1890s were a highly influential movement, campaigning with letters, education programs, meetings, and ultimately, the Monster Petition.[2] Their goal was to educate the public about the benefits of total abstinence, drawing the connection between alcohol consumption and domestic violence. They agitated for laws restricting the sale of alcohol; campaigning for the introduction of six o’clock closing and for ‘dry’ suburbs. Through this action the women realised they could agitate for other social reform issues such as anti-gambling, Sabbatarianism, anti-sweating, the antiwar and peace movement, raising the age of consent, and banning the sale of drink and cigarettes to minors, if they had the vote.[3] It is evident therefore, that eventually the action of the WCTU in the push for temperance forms a clear pathway to the women’s liberation movement of the Victorian suffragettes.

[1] (‘Paul’, 2014)
[2] (Blainey, 2008)
[3] (Blainey, 2008)

Keep track of the places you have been, log in.
Audio Guide
0.84km
Audio Guide
Public Art as Cultural Heritage
en
Atlas Obscura 2018
1.03km
Marionette Fob Watch

Discover Marionette Fob Watch in Melbourne, Australia: Every hour a secret compartment drops from this giant pocket watch, revealing a lovely surprise.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.67km
Larry La Trobe Statue

Discover Larry La Trobe Statue in Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne's favorite bronze dog.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.35km
AC/DC Lane

Discover AC/DC Lane in Melbourne, Australia: A colorful street named for the legendary Australian rock band.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.52km
Fire Services Museum of Victoria

Discover Fire Services Museum of Victoria in East Melbourne, Australia: A firefighting museum housed in a historic station whose Lookout Tower watches over Melbourne.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.66km
Mabu Mabu Big Esso

Discover Mabu Mabu Big Esso in Melbourne, Australia: Featuring Torres Strait Islander cuisine and Australia's first indigenous bar.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.94km
Abbotsford Convent

Discover Abbotsford Convent in Abbotsford, Australia: This 19th-century convent is now a flourishing 21st-century hub for art.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.93km
Gog and Magog

Discover Gog and Magog in Melbourne, Australia: These mythological giants take time out of their busy day guarding a Victorian market to let you know what time it is.

Atlas Obscura 2021
5.33km
King Leonidas Statue

Discover King Leonidas Statue in Brunswick, Australia: This statue commemorates a special connection between ancient Greece and the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

Atlas Obscura 2022
0.94km
Flinders Street Railway Station Photo Booth

Discover Flinders Street Railway Station Photo Booth in Melbourne, Australia: This classic photo booth was saved from destruction by the local community.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.92km
‘Mr. Lizard and Gumnut Baby’ Statue

Discover 'Mr. Lizard and Gumnut Baby' Statue in Melbourne, Australia: Children's author May Gibbs' beloved stories about the tiny, human-like "Gumnut Babies" are immortalized in bronze.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.16km
Polly Woodside

Discover Polly Woodside in South Wharf, Australia: This historic tall ship traveled 1.5 million miles around the globe, and once did duty as the mythical pirate ship in Peter Pan.

Audio Guide
1.73km
Audio Guide
Serving Australia and Serving Victoria: Stories of the Shrine Creators
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
2.03km
La Trobe’s Cottage

Discover La Trobe's Cottage in Melbourne, Australia: The former home of Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor.

Audio Guide
1.53km
Audio Guide
Old Melbourne Cemetery (Queen Victoria Market)
en
Audio Guide
5.72km
Audio Guide
St Kilda’s Jewish Heritage
en
Atlas Obscura 2017
0.56km
Captain Cook’s Cottage

Discover Captain Cook's Cottage in East Melbourne, Australia: The 18th-century home was disassembled into 253 cases and brought all the way from the other side of the world.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.93km
The Friendly Bunyip of Victoria, Australia

The monster, based on a character from a children's book, is outside the State Library Victoria.

Audio Guide
1.5km
Audio Guide
Market place / resting place: the Old Melbourne Cemetery uncovered
en
Atlas Obscura 2019
5.76km
St. Kilda Pier Penguin Colony

Discover St. Kilda Pier Penguin Colony in St Kilda, Australia: You'll find the little birds tucked within the rocks of this Australian beach.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.87km
The Bullet-Banged Armour of Australia’s Most Famous Outlaw

After Ned Kelly's capture and execution the makeshift suit of armour was taken by police as souvenirs.

Audio Guide
1.97km
Audio Guide
Collingwood’s Colourful Housing History
en
Atlas Obscura 2017
0.27km
Visit One of the World’s First Movie Studios

Today the cramped wooden attic is a hidden gem in Melbourne.

Audio Guide
1.65km
Audio Guide
A Gap Year Taker’s Introduction to Living Life in Melbourne
en
Atlas Obscura 2017
2.02km
Victoria Police Museum

Discover Victoria Police Museum in Docklands, Australia: Unusual finds include a 19th-century vampire slaying kit and the death mask of an infamous Australian serial killer.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.75km
Adnate Collingwood Mural

Discover Adnate Collingwood Mural in Melbourne, Australia: This 20-story artwork on a public housing block is the tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere and tells the story of a community.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.94km
‘The Public Purse’

Discover 'The Public Purse' in Melbourne, Australia: This giant, granite purse is one of Melbourne's most unique and distinctive pieces of public art.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.79km
Grave of Walter Lindrum

Discover Grave of Walter Lindrum in Carlton North, Australia: A distinctive monument for this former world champion takes the form of a billiards table, complete with balls and cue.

Audio Guide
3.73km
Audio Guide
Discovering Darebin: The People of Northcote
en
Audio Guide
7.37km
Audio Guide
Hawthorn’s Hidden Histories
en
Atlas Obscura 2022
0.91km
Wirth’s Circus Mosaic

Discover Wirth's Circus Mosaic in Southbank, Australia: Designed to celebrate more than a century of circus performances in Australia.

Brutalism
0.54km
Total House
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.56km
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Discover Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, Australia: Equipped with thousands of LED lights, this geodesic dome-shaped stadium is an engineering delight.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.79km
Melbourne Observatory

Discover Melbourne Observatory in Melbourne, Australia: The city’s oldest gateway to the galaxy lies at the entrance to the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Audio Guide
1.5km
Audio Guide
The Heritage Value of the Queen Victoria Market
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
4.92km
Sunshine Lane

Discover Sunshine Lane in Brunswick, Australia: A hidden lane full of top quality street art.

Audio Guide
2.86km
Audio Guide
A Walk Through Melbourne’s Cafe History
en
Atlas Obscura 2017
0.81km
There’s an Abandoned Ballroom Hidden in Australia’s Busiest Railway Station

Viewing the jewel of a space has been so coveted entry was granted by a secret “Golden Ticket.”

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.82km
Australian Nurses Memorial

Discover Australian Nurses Memorial in Melbourne, Australia: A poignant memorial to remember the Australian nurses who lost their lives during the Second World War.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.5km
The Most Hated Sculpture in Melbourne

Discover 'Vault' in Southbank, Australia: This abstract sculpture was initially so disliked that it got moved to the outskirts of town a few months after installation.

Audio Guide
3.37km
Audio Guide
Boating on Albert Park Lake
en
Audio Guide
3.67km
Audio Guide
Little Rockley
en
Audio Guide
0.92km
Audio Guide
Queen Victoria Gardens – The City Beautiful
en
Brutalism
0.97km
Plumbers and Gasfitters Union Building
Atlas Obscura 2022
2.07km
Easey’s

Discover Easey's in Collingwood, Australia: A train car sitting on a rooftop makes an unlikely and picturesque setting for dinner.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.73km
Speakers’ Corner

Discover

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.84km
The Upended Tram

Discover Raising the Rattler Pole in Melbourne, Australia: Not the result of an accident, hurricane, or aliens, this is an eye-popping tribute to the Melbourne tram.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.59km
Webb Bridge

Discover Webb Bridge in Docklands, Australia: This modern pedestrian bridge on the Yarra River was modeled after an Aboriginal fish trap.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.15km
Burke and Wills Monument

Discover Burke and Wills Monument in Parkville, Australia: This unusual stone monument marks the starting point of the epic and tragic event.

Audio Guide
1.52km
Audio Guide
The Queen Victoria Market
en
Place
0.96km
Melbourne
Atlas Obscura 2022
2.57km
Northern Cattle Market Wall

Discover Northern Cattle Market Wall in Parkville, Australia: A unique reminder of the once-bustling cattle market during the 19th-century.

Audio Guide
1.36km
Audio Guide
Aboriginal Heritage Outdoor Artwork Tour (City of Melbourne)
en
Audio Guide
1.4km
Audio Guide
The Grand Slam Theory: Australia
en ru
Audio Guide
0.74km
Audio Guide
Moving Through Time
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.93km
Keith Haring Mural

Discover Keith Haring Mural in Collingwood, Australia: A large Melbourne wall is home to an iconic work of art from one of the world's most renowned street artists.

Audio Guide
3.03km
Audio Guide
The Communities that Shaped Carlton
en
Atlas Obscura 2022
1.02km
Eight-Hour-Day Monument

Discover Eight-Hour-Day Monument in Melbourne, Australia: Monument to commemorate the ideal eight-hour working day with “eight hours labour, eight hours rest and eight hours recreation”.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.62km
Model Tudor Village

Discover Model Tudor Village in East Melbourne, Australia: A historic model village was gifted from residents of London to Melbourne as thanks for their help during World War II.

Audio Guide
2.85km
Audio Guide
Space and Sculpture: Docklands, Melbourne
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.73km
Ferenc Puskás Memorial

Discover Ferenc Puskás Memorial in Melbourne, Australia: A bronze statue paying tribute to the Hungarian player and coach, one of soccer's first international superstars.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.33km
Princess Theatre

Discover Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Australia: One of the oldest theaters in Australia, it's also said to be haunted by a performer who died on stage.

Atlas Obscura 2022
3.28km
Skipping Girl Sign

Discover Skipping Girl Sign in Abbotsford, Australia: Saved by the community from destruction, this sign has become a national treasure.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.74km
The Nicholas Building

Discover The Nicholas Building in Melbourne, Australia: A beautiful 1920s tower filled with local hidden gems.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.23km
Dr James Ramsay Fountain

Discover Dr James Ramsay Fountain in Prahran, Australia: This Australian drinking fountain pays tribute to the generosity and talent of a 19th-century Scottish doctor.

Audio Guide
4.22km
Audio Guide
High Heritage: Character in the North
en
Atlas Obscura 2022
1.41km
COURAGE Statue

Discover COURAGE Statue in Fitzroy, Australia: This sculpture was designed to encourage viewers to be true to themselves.

Audio Guide
1.05km
Audio Guide
From Punishment to Rehabilitation – The Old Melbourne Gaol
en
Audio Guide
4.83km
Audio Guide
Walking Tour of the first five Publican Houses of Brunswick
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
1.99km
South Lawn Car Park

Discover South Lawn Car Park in Melbourne, Australia: A unique underground car park that has become a popular filming location.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.84km
Artist’s Lane

Discover Artist's Lane in Windsor, Australia: This previously dilapidated alleyway has been transformed into one of Melbourne's finest hidden art locations.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.57km
The Dolphin Fountain

Discover The Dolphin Fountain in East Melbourne, Australia: Somewhat controversial when first unveiled, this gathering of sea creatures has become a hidden gem.

Atlas Obscura 2022
1.13km
The Gothic Bank

Discover The Gothic Bank in Melbourne, Australia: This Melbourne bank has unique Gothic-style architectural features and is one of the most majestic operating bank branches in the world.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.63km
Fairies Tree

Discover Fairies Tree in East Melbourne, Australia: A whimsical menagerie of creatures carved into a 300-year-old tree trunk.

Audio Guide
1.51km
Audio Guide
Queen Victoria Market
en
Audio Guide
4.38km
Audio Guide
Exploring the Mediterranean Idiom in Moreland
en
Audio Guide
5.4km
Audio Guide
St. Kilda Walking Tour
en
World Heritage Site 2004
0.88km
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

The Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens were designed for the great international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888 in Melbourne. The building and grounds were designed by Joseph Reed. The building is constructed of brick and timber…

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.24km
Deep Rock Swimming Hole

Discover Deep Rock Swimming Hole in Fairfield, Australia: The gathering point of an old Melbourne swimming club and site of a historic world-record dive in 1918.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.44km
Mailbox Art Space

Discover Mailbox Art Space in Melbourne, Australia: Tiny artwork tucked within glass letterboxes form this hidden gem of an art gallery.

Audio Guide
4.25km
Audio Guide
Fairfield AIDS Memorial Garden
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
3.89km
Yarra Bend Asylum Pillar

Discover Yarra Bend Asylum Pillar in Fairfield, Australia: This lone pillar is all that remains of a 19th-century asylum.

Audio Guide
0.41km
Audio Guide
Art in Fitzroy Gardens
en
Audio Guide
0.81km
Audio Guide
Chinatown, Melbourne
en