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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Dive into the dark side of Sydney’s crime-riddled Kings Cross district of the 1920s and 1930s, and hear the real-life stories of sex, crime and drugs. This professionally guided two-hour walking tour takes you into the world of Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh and Nellie Cameron, infamous women who controlled bootleg alcohol distribution and much of Sydney's illegal sex industry during the 1920s and '30s, and were central to Sydney's 'Razor Wars' that followed. This is an informative journey through a colorful period of Sydney's history.

Highlights

  • Guided walking tour of Kings Cross district to explore the historical, crime-filled events of Sydney's 1920s and 1930s
  • Learn about the women who controlled Sydney's underbelly in the 1920s and 1930s, including such famous names as Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh and Nellie Cameron
  • Discover the history of Kings Cross, Sydney's red light district
  • Perfect for first-time visitors, repeat visitors or locals

What You Can Expect

Sydney Walking Tour: Razor Wars of the 1920s and '30s

Explore the streets of Kings Cross, Sydney's red light district

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, razor gangs and razor wars took over Sydney's Kings Cross district. Join your professional guide on a walking tour of the events, stories, people and places central in this dangerous period in Sydney's history.

In the early 1920s, Sydney saw an upsurge in organized crime due to the prohibition of cocaine and prostitution, the criminalization of off-course racetrack betting as well as the introduction of six o'clock closing for public bars. Illegal drug distribution became a serious social problem, particularly in Sydney's inner-city suburbs of Kings Cross, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. This period was especially lucrative for criminal entrepreneurs like Kate Leigh, Tilly Devine and Nellie Cameron.

After handguns were criminalized, razors became the weapon of choice amongst Sydney's gangs. The two major gangs, associated with Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, began open warfare in 1929, resulting in two of Sydney's most notorious riots:, the 'Battle of Blood Alley' and the 'Battle of Kellet Street.' Both riots took place in the streets in and around Kings Cross.

Get an up-close look and hear the stories of this interesting time in Australian history. Your guide dives into the streets and alleyways that make up Kings Cross (also known as Sydney’s red light district).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Valentino was AWESOME. Friendly informative guide. Will be back to do more tours with this tour group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent tour. Very knowledgable guide. Definitely recommend this tour.

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