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Nomads Assassins Walk - South Melbourne to Carlton


Sun 27 Jan 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Albert Park Light Rail Station, Ferrars Street, Albert Park, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Midsumma Festival

This 12km walk will follow the Melbourne locations in the double life of John Freeman, who was born Edward Oxford. At the age of 18, he attempted to assassinate the 21 year-old Queen Victoria on 10 May 1840 as she rode out of Buckingham Palace alongside Prince Albert. Edward changed his name when he arrived in Melbourne in 1857 following 24 years in Bethlam Lunatic Asylum. He transformed his life, made a great contribution to colonial life in Melbourne and nobody ever knew of his double life background.
The walk will commence at his residence in Albert Park, then proceed through South Melbourne and Docklands to St James Old Cathedral in West Melbourne, Melbourne's oldest church and a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Edward/John became church warden there and ironically, the church holds a personal gift to the Colony of Victoria from Queen Victoria. We will lunch in the nearby Flagstaff Gardens then proceed through leafy Victorian Carlton to the Melbourne General Cemetery where Edward /John is buried.
The walk will include some background on Edward's early life, the assassination attempt and his subsequent trial for treason, the legal repercussions on the nature of policing throughout the then British Empire as a result of his actions that May day in 1840, and his transformed life during the decades of 19th century Marvellous Melbourne.
We'll finish in Carlton at the cemetery at approximately 4pm followed by an arvo tea in Lygon St, Carlton. Frequent trams run down nearby Swanston St back to the City.
You should wear comfortable footwear suitable for walking mostly on sealed footpaths and dress for the forecast weather. Either bring your lunch, or purchase something en route, for a picnic in the Flagstaff Gardens.