Walking Tours

People’s History of Brunswick

 Old map of Brunswick with the words 'People's History of Brunswick' over the top

Explore the local history of Brunswick with these self-guided audio walking tours.

Wander the streets of 1930s Brunswick where the Internationale could be heard spilling out of pubs and on street corners. Use your smartphone to explore the rich history of social struggle and political organising with these self-guided audio tours.

There are two self-guided audio tours on offer:

Join historian and archivist Melinda Barrie as she takes you in the footsteps of Noel Counihan and the Brunswick free speech fight. From the theatres and soap-boxes; to riding atop street-cars and Counihan locking himself in a cage to escape arrest, Brunswick was a place of organising and dissent.

Noel Counihan locked inside a cage outside the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel in 1933.

Join historian and author Iain McIntyre for Lock Out The Landlords, as he takes you on a tour of unemployed workers organising and anti-eviction resistance during the Depression – from urban communes to storming the Brunswick Town Hall and defending working-class families from eviction.


Download the Echoes app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, or visit Brunswick Library during opening hours.

A printed map and instructions are available. To access, click here (PDF 810Kb).

In partnership with 3CR Community Radio, Victorian History Week 2018 and the Australian Heritage Festival 2019.