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Sydney Road Brunswick History Tours

Our next series of History Tours are coming up on Saturday 11 May and 25 May, and Saturday 1 June, 2024.
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Sydney Road Brunswick invites you to join in our historical walking tour, which will focus on the hotels of Brunswick, with stops at 5 iconic locations for a deep dive into their illustrious pasts, right up to their present day.

Teaming up with the Brunswick Community History Group, and led by their local experts, attendees will take a leisurely and incredibly insightful walk from 11am to 12.30pm, within the Sydney Road Brunswick precinct, stepping back in time to step into some iconic venues.

Stops on the hotel themed tour series include:

At the final stop of the tour, attendees will enjoy a Guinness tasting at The Wild Geese, and the opportunity to have a casual chat about the sights and stories of Sydney Road Brunswick.

Walking tours cost $15 (plus 50c ticket fee) each, and will run for approximately 1.5 hours, commencing at 11am and ending around 12.30pm.

Included in the ticket cost is:

  • Printed booklet with images and information on each of the stops
  • Sydney Road Brunswick tote bag with collateral
  • Walking tour and knowledge exchange
  • Guinness tasting at The Wild Geese at end of the tour

Accessibility
Please note that this series of the historical walking tours will be from the footpaths of Sydney Road Brunswick and inside some of the stops listed above. Some of these locations will include flights of stairs. The walk itself will be a slow stroll, for roughly 1km with stops along the way, at the above locations.

Previous Tours
Interested to know about the sites and stories told from previous Sydney Road Brunswick tours? Download the tour booklets below:

Download the booklet from our first tour (Brunswick Road to Glenlyon Road) here
Download the booklet from our second tour (Glenlyon Road to Victoria Street) here
Download the booklet from our third tour (Victoria Street to Albion Street) here
Download the booklet from our fourth tour (Albion Street to Moreland Road) here
Download the booklet from our fifth tour (Brunswick Road to Glenlyon Road) here
Download the booklet from our sixth tour (Dawson Street to Victoria Street) here
Download the booklet from our seventh tour (Victoria Street to Albion Street)here
Download the booklet from our eighth tour (Albion Street to Moreland Road) here

Future Tours
If you’re interested in attending future tours, please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on social media (links at the bottom of this page)!


November 2023
Our November History Tours focussed on the buildings between Albion Street and Moreland Road, including the following stops:

At the conclusion of the tour, attendees enjoyed a complimentary hot drink and the opportunity to have a casual chat about the sights and stories of Sydney Road Brunswick.

Walking tours cost $15 (plus 50c ticket fee) each, and ran for approximately 1.5 hours, commencing at 11am and ending around 12/12.30pm.

Included in the ticket cost was:

  • Printed booklet with images and information on each of the stops
  • Sydney Road Brunswick tote bag with collateral
  • Walking tour and knowledge exchange
  • Hot drink from a local café at the end of the tour

Accessibility
Please note that the historical walking tours are done from the footpaths of Sydney Road Brunswick and does not enter any of the sites listed above with the exception of the Moreland Hotel (which is accessible). The footpaths are a little uneven at times, but overall the tour and pace is a slow stroll.

Previous Tours
Interested to know about the sites and stories told from previous Sydney Road Brunswick tours? Download the tour booklets below:

Download the booklet from our first tour (Brunswick Road to Glenlyon Road) here
Download the booklet from our second tour (Glenlyon Road to Victoria Street) here
Download the booklet from our third tour (Victoria Street to Albion Street) here
Download the booklet from our fourth tour (Albion Street to Moreland Road) here
Download the booklet from our fifth tour (Brunswick Road to Glenlyon Road) here
Download the booklet from our sixth tour (Dawson Street to Victoria Street) here
Download the booklet from our seventh tour (Victoria Street to Albion Street) here
Download the booklet from our eighth tour (Albion Street to Moreland Road) here

Future Tours
If you’re interested in attending future tours, please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on social media (links at the bottom of this page)!


September 2023
The third series of History Tours for 2023 took place on the 2nd, 9th and 16th of June (download the booklet here), and focussed on the buildings between Victoria Street and Albion Street, including:


June 2023
The second series of History Tours for 2023 took place on the 10th, 17th and 24th of June (download the booklet here), and focussed on the buildings between Dawson Street and Victoria Street, including:

  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Free Speech Memorial, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • The Retreat Hotel, 280 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • St Ambrose Church, 287 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • The Empire Theatre (now Aldi), 292-298 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Kaleidoscope Café, 295 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Tough’s Ironmongers (now What the Putt), 303 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Davison’s Grocery Store, corner of Phoenix St
  • Brunswick Ballroom, 314-316 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Wesleyan Church & Sunday School, 350 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Cumberland Arms Hotel (now Snafu & Tino), 341 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Brunswick Post Office (now The Penny Black), 420 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, 430-436 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • The Hall at Welcome to Brunswick (formerly Manchester Unity Lodge), 400 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Passfield’s Bakery (now La Manna Fresh), 403-407 Sydney Road Brunswick
  • Former Coles & Woolworths Variety Stores (now Bunnings), 415 Sydney Road Brunswick

April 2023
The first series of History Tours for 2023 took place on the 25th March, 2nd April and 15th April (download the booklet here), focussing on the buildings between Brunswick Road and Glenlyon Road, including:

  • Sarah Sands Hotel (29 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Cable Tram Engine House (Black Street)
  • Barkly Square (90-106 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Brunswick Hotel (140 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • McDougall’s Store (123 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Phoenix Hotel (132 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Miss R.E. Yon (159 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Cornish Arms Hotel (163 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Uniting (formerly Presbyterian) Church (212 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Brunswick Club (former Lyric Theatre) (203 Sydney Road Brunswick)
  • Brunswick Town Hall (233 Sydney Road Brunswick)

November 2022
Following the success of our previous three History Tours, in November we ran our final instalment of history tours for 2022 along Sydney Road Brunswick– this time focussing on the historical stories and sites from Albion Street to Moreland Road– our Moreland Precinct.

This tour, as previous tours, was led by local experts from the Brunswick Community History Group, and involved a leisurely and incredibly insightful walk along Sydney Road Brunswick, stopping at the following:

  • Don Bosco Youth Centre
  • Mitchell Street
  • Site of Funeral Parlour (now Centrestage Costumes)
  • Junaid Jamshed
  • Brunswick Tram Depot
  • Site of Alhambra Theatre (now Stuckey Tyres)
  • Charalambous Hardware
  • The Bank building
  • Moreland Hotel

Tours took place on November 5th, 9th and 12th– starting at 11am and ending around 12:30pm.
At the conclusion of the tour, attendees enjoyed a complimentary hot drink and the opportunity to have a casual chat about the sights and stories of Sydney Road Brunswick.

 


August/ September 2022
This series of History Tours focussed on historical stories and sites from Albion St to Victoria St – our Anstey Precinct of Sydney Road Brunswick.


June 2022
This series of History Tours focussed on historical stories and sites from Glenlyon Road to Victoria Street – our Brunswick Precinct of Sydney Road Brunswick.


APRIL 2022
This series of History Tours focussed on historical stories and sites from Brunswick Road to Glenlyon Road – our Jewell Precinct of Sydney Road Brunswick.