2 hoursStart time
Tour departs from Under the Coke sign (corner of William Street and Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory for pre-departure briefing.
Tour ends at Kings Cross
See Sydney in a totally different light when you take this enthralling walking tour with an expert local guide.
In the late 1920s, Sydney was a boom town for vice and criminal enterprise and policing was slack to say the least. There were enormous opportunities to build criminal empires based upon the wicked desires of the average man and woman.Because of a legal loophole, these opportunities were more readily available to women. Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine with their gangs of razor wielding men ruled the Sydney underworld. This tour takes you there!
To join the exciting Kings Cross Razorhurst Walking Tour, meet your guide at the corner of William Street and Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross.
On this walking tour with a difference you will uncover the 1920’s and 1930’s underworld of Kings Cross. Three formidable women – Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh and Nellie Cameron controlled bootleg alcohol distribution and much of Sydney's illegal sex industry during that period and were central to the ‘Razor Gang Wars’ that ensued.
Kate Leigh: Larger-than-life Kate Leigh profited from thirsty customers frustrated by liquor control laws and for 35 years provided illegal liquor or ‘sly-grog’. At the pinnacle of her career she ran more than 20 ‘sly-groggeries’. Her curriculum vitae of crime also included shop-lifting, drug dealing and acting as a fence for stolen property.
Nellie Cameron: Nellie Cameron ran away from a respectable middle-class home to become a prostitute, cocaine runner and a fence for stolen property. She perfected the age-old game called ‘gingering’ in Australia. While she was busy with one of her clients, an accomplice would emerge from beneath the bed and take the client's wallet from his pants or jacket.
Tilly Devine: Known as the ‘Queen of the Bordellos’, Tilly made the most of an anomaly in the law that allowed women but not men to earn from the earnings of prostitutes. She ran the biggest and most profitable brothel network in Sydney.
Everything finishes up at a local bar in The Cross where the first drink is on us! Don't miss this rare opportunity for a taste of Australia's rich social and cultural history.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please carry your valid photo ID with you.
Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.