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The Women of Little Lon with Barbara Minchington


Join historian, Barbara Minchinton, as she uncovers 217 Spring Street’s lurid history as a dancing saloon in Marvellous Melbourne’s heyday before it was transformed into a Church of England Mission Hall in the 1890s.

Barbara’s interest in the women of Little Lon began when she was working with archaeologists on the digs from the early 2000s. Come and hear some of the stories she dug up!

What's On

Barbara Minchinton, author of the “The Women of Little Lon”, will present a historical talk about Spring Place and the women that lived within it.

Children’s activities

Precinct scavenger hunt – The children will be able to use a map to locate historical and culturally important features and mark them off their sheet.

Images: (1) Madame Brussels, (2) 1862 View of Spring St. Photos: courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 31 July
1.30pm - 2.15pm
Historical talk with Barbara Minchinton
Bookings not required. Capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis. Anyone who misses out can take a self-guided tour through the building.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Fully wheelchair accessible


Spring Place, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000

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