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Convicts, Strumpets & the Plague Walking Tour in Sydney

Convicts, Strumpets & the Plague Walking Tour in Sydney

While Sydney is now a beautiful sparkling city, it wasn't always.

This three-hour tour you’ll explore the Rocks and learn about Sydney’s social history, from the convict settlements located here in the 19th century to outbreaks of the bubonic plague, traveling across the 20th century to more recent immigrant groups and their struggles for equality.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

3 hours

Time

9:30 am on Tuesday & Friday

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per-person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Itinerary

Your tour starts on the western edge of Sydney Cove where you’ll begin at the beginning - the arrival of the First Fleet. However, unlike a more traditional course through the political history of Sydney’s early history, this exploration veers into social history and look at how immigrants, workers, women, families and yes, convicts, shaped this city over two centuries into a leading global metropolis.

As the tour weaves through the area, you’ll visit a variety of monuments, from historic homes like Cadman’s Cottage to archaeological sites like the Big Dig under the Sydney YHA. This will enable the group to discuss the presence of the Cadigal people in this area before European contact and the successful waves of immigrants who settled here - from the European dockworkers in the 19th century to Chinese merchants in the 20th.

The tour wanders the narrow, picturesque alleys crisscrossing in the shadows of the Harbor Bridge, looking at how different groups inhabited and made their living here, from the shopowners along Gloucester Street or the strumpets (prostitutes) who contributed mightily to the economic vitality of this area in the 19th century.

Your guide will also help you look at the labor movement in Australia, which had a strong presence in the Rocks, partly due to the Harbor Bridge construction project. You’ll spend a good amount of time in the shadow of the bridge...or perhaps climb its pylon...and learn about the green bans, a labor protest movement aimed at preventing the destruction of historic buildings and gentrification of the neighborhood.

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per-person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

October 24, 2017

Desired Time:

09:30 AM