A Gentle Two-Hour Walking Tour
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Surry Hills Crime Scene Walking Tour
On this not-so-typical walking tour, you will meander through dark alleys and winding lanes, exploring the dark history of Sydney’s Surry Hills. You will investigate the ghastly crime scenes of historical murders committed between 1820 and 1930. They took place in the old terraces, back lanes, and iconic street corners. You will stand at the exact spot where the bodies were found and wander around the old detectives’ crime scene.
What you will see on the Surry Hills Crime Scene Walking Tour
Before the cool cafes and trendy bars began to appear, this inner-city suburb was known for sly grog, illegal gambling, prostitution and the drug trade. The old push gangs of Sydney fought fierce battles for control of the streets. All this will be revealed to you on the tour.
You will investigate a cold-case murder from the 1920s using actual crime scene evidence. See the old pub that started the Crown Street Riot of 1890 where more than 200 thugs destroyed everything in sight. Learn the forgotten tragic history of the African-American Servicemen placed in Surry Hills during WW2. Hear of the gang war that formed in the 1940s as the crooks murdered each other in a battle for the lucrative market to sell vice to the US Servicemen. Uncover the forgotten Cocaine Queen of Sydney and see the home and final sly grog shop of the notorious Kate Leigh, Queen of the Sydney underworld.