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Black and white photograph of Barkly St view of the outside of the Royal Hotel. Two story building facade with sign reading Royal Hotel and two cars parked in front.
Side view of Mechanics Institute. Two-storey outside building view with first floor in red bricks and second story in white render. Roof is terracotta tiles.
Aerial view of Footscray Railway Station showing platform 3 and train lines heading north and south. Building is red bricked and there are a few people in the station forecourt.

Footscray Historical Wander


Footscray has been a suburb welcoming waves of immigrants for decades. Follow Bill and Heather Horrocks on a historial wander through Footscray as they point out the city's heritage and architectual highlights. Look around and take in the Victorian and Edwardian shopfronts and hear stories of makeovers and post-WW2 immigration and the development that followed.

What's On

Take a guided wander through its streets taking in the suburb's history and highlights. The walk will follow a loop of about one kilometre around Footscray CBD.

Images: (1) Royal Hotel, Barkly Street Footscray, c. 1978. Photo: Maribyrnong Library Service.; (2) Mechanics Institute, Footscray. c. 1920. Photo: F.L. Clarke, courtesy of Maribyrnong Library Service.; (3) Footscray Railway Station, c. 1910. Photo: Maribyrnong Library Service.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tours run 10am + 1pm
Running for approximately 90 minutes in groups of 15
Bookings required

Meet at Ollie's Deli. Pick up your pre walk coffee at Ollie's Deli.


Fully wheelchair accessible


All Ages


Ollie's Deli, Shop 7/158 Barkly St, Footscray VIC 3011

Stay in the loop