Opium dens, illegal brothels, and men with names as colourful as their pasts: our panel uncovers Melbourne’s criminal record.
Melbourne’s history is neck-deep with skullduggery, from our city origins to the wild colonial days of the gold rush to the golden age of illegal bookies and ganglands. In this session, we’ll take a forensic look at this city’s shady past.
Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much loved Murray Whelan series — Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In — is characterised by a strong sense of humour and an acute sense of Melbourne’s political and cultural nuances.
Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland, one of Australia’s pre-eminent literary journals.
LM Robinson has worked as a tutor, university lecturer, freelance writer and teacher.
Associate Professor Andrew May is a social historian in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and editor of The Encyclopedia of Melbourne.