Melbourne in the 1920's
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A Scoop-it to support the novel Runner, by Robert Newton.
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What people used to earn - What it used to cost - Research Guides at State Library of Victoria

What people used to earn - What it used to cost - Research Guides at State Library of Victoria | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
Provides prices for groceries, houses and wages for Victoria, spanning the 19th and 20th century.
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This information helps to give students an understanding of how money was worth in the days when Runner was set.

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Leslie 'Squizzy' Taylor dies in gunfight after dominating Melbourne's ... - Herald Sun ~ Melbourne Hub

Leslie 'Squizzy' Taylor dies in gunfight after dominating Melbourne's ... - Herald Sun ~ Melbourne Hub | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
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This blog post includes some police mug shots of Squizzy Taylor and a page from the police record book.

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Culture Victoria - The Unsuspected Slums

Culture Victoria - The Unsuspected Slums | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
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Images of inner city Melbourne slums, taken in the 1930s by Frederick Oswald Barnett.

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The Great Depression | australia.gov.au

The Great Depression | australia.gov.au | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
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Background information to the Great Depression.

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Marvellous Melbourne 1910 - Scenes of the City of Melbourne, Australia

"MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE : QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH, 1910" Scenes shown include: Panorama of Melbourne from the Eastern Hill fire station Melbourne's major thoro...
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Melbourne - Then and Now.mpg

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A photographic journey of Melbourne showing photos of historic Melbourne compared with Melbourne as it is now.

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Partners in crime - The Age

Partners in crime - The Age | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
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Russell Robinson. The focus of the next Underbelly series, notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor had a dangerous appeal for the women who joined him on the mean streets of 1920s Melbourne.

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03 Dec 1949 - How "Squizzy" Taylor Died by the Gun

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Here's a great newspaper article, written in 1949, looking back at the life and crimes of Squizzy Taylor. The article continues to a second page so make sure you have a look at both pages.

While you're at Trove, do a search for other Squizzy Taylor articles.

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Squizzy Taylor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Joseph Leslie Theodore "Squizzy" Taylor (29 June 1888 – 27 October 1927) was a Melbourne, Australia-based gangster. He rose to notoriety by leading a violent gang war against a rival criminal faction in 1919, absconding from bail and successfully hiding from the police for over a year in 1921–22, and the Glenferrie robbery in which a bank manager was murdered in 1923.

Leslie 'Squizzy' Taylor enjoyed a fearsome reputation in 1920s Melbourne. A spiv, often described as the Australian equivalent of the American bootleggers, his crimes ranged from pickpocketing, assault and shopbreaking to armed robbery and murder. He also derived income from sly-grog selling, two-up schools, illegal bookmaking, extortion, prostitution and, in his later years, is believed by some to have moved into cocaine dealing.

Although only a diminutive 5 ft 2in (156 cm) tall, Taylor made up what he lacked in stature with dark piercing eyes, a sharp tongue and a treacherous mind. Taylor delighted in surrounding himself with an air of mystery and cleverness as well as always looking for opportunities to impress other members of the underworld.[1] To satisfy his vanity, he wrote letters to the media whilst in hiding from the police for 14 months, and co-starred with his girlfriend in a film, Riding to Win, which was banned by the Victorian censor. He was even prepared to take the credit for other people's violent crimes to make himself appear to be a dangerous criminal always ready to use his gun.[2]

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Biography - Joseph Leslie (Squizzy) Taylor - Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Squizzy's gangster's paradise comes to life in Nine's new Underbelly series

Squizzy's gangster's paradise comes to life in Nine's new Underbelly series | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
THE story of Squizzy Taylor, who loved women and fame, comes to life in a new Underbelly series, writes Darren Devlyn.
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Review of Underbelly: Squizzy.

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Squizzy and an ego this big

Squizzy and an ego this big | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
Meet the original charismatic crime boss, Leslie 'Squizzy' Taylor.
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A review of Underbelly: Squizzy.

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Squizzy Taylor | Ergo

Squizzy Taylor | Ergo | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
A key figure in Melbourne's violent underworld, Squizzy Taylor was Australia's answer to American gangsters.
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An excellent site from the State Library of Victoria. Gives information on Squizzy Taylor as well as several related newspaper clippings. There is a section on the more recent Melbourne Ganglands War which could be useful in comparing and contrasting the two organised crime eras.

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Beautiful Melbourne

Beautiful Melbourne | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
This film, put together by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 1947, increased public awareness of the dire state of those living in slum housing in Melbourne. (Video excerpt 3.30 minutesalso has educational notes.
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Although the film was put together in 1947, it still shows the slum housing that existed in Melbourne, highlighting the need for further action.

 

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History of public housing - Commemorating 75 Years of Public Housing

History of public housing - Commemorating 75 Years of Public Housing | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
From the concrete beginnings of the Housing Commission to the sky high towers of South Melbourne, take a look at the history and development of Public Housing in Victoria from 1937 to 2012.
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Have a look at the timeline of public housing here.

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Search results for 'melbourne slums' - Trove

Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.
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Great original newspaper resources.

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City Traffic in Variable Moods

City Traffic in Variable Moods | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
This newsreel item is an example of how simple camera techniques can dramatically alter the appearance and mood of scenes that are filmed. (Video excerpt 3.48 minutesalso has educational notes.
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This vintage newsreel looks at pedestrian and road traffic around the Flinders Street, Swanston Street intersection at about 1920. Teachers Notes are available.

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Home - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online

Home - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
Home - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online, eMelbourne is a biographical, bibliographical and archival database about Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with links to related articles and images.
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Particularly relevant are sections on Organised Crime and Crime. It will also give you some history of Richmond and Fitzroy.

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Essay - Melbourne Crime: From War to Depression, 1919-1929 - Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Great background information of organised crime in Melbourne.

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Life Summary - Joseph Leslie (Squizzy) Taylor - Obituaries Australia

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Have a look at the additional links for further links to related newspaper coverage of Squizzy Taylor. You will also find links to related underworld figures of the time.

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28 Oct 1927 - "SQUIZZY" TAYLOR DEAD Shot in Duel END OF FAMOUS...

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A 1927 newspaper article announcing the death of Squizzy Taylor.

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Squizzy and me: how a killer and pimp coloured my life - WA today

Squizzy and me: how a killer and pimp coloured my life - WA today | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
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Melbourne is a city that still brims with stories about Squizzy Taylor.
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Interesting insight into the reality of Squizzy Taylor.

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Guns and gangsters get the Underbelly treatment in Squizzy

Guns and gangsters get the Underbelly treatment in Squizzy | Melbourne in the 1920's | Scoop.it
MELBOURNE loves its crooks, gangsters and legendary razor gangs.
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A review of the Underbelly: Squizzy miniseries from The Australian newspaper.

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