27th April - Hidden Histories: Crime and Grime in York, Clarence and Kent


Introducing Hidden Histories – A Collaboration between YCK Laneways and the Historic Houses Association of Australia. Enter into the strange world of Sydney’s past and travel on a guided journey into the secret bars on the shadier side of York, Clarence and Kent Street.

The Historic Houses Association of Australia Ltd. (HHA) is a registered charity and volunteer organisation that supports owners and promotes public interest in historic houses and properties throughout Australia.

Price includes 1 cocktail on arrival and $10 snack voucher to be spent at any of the 4 venues visited.

Join us at Papa Gedes with Jo Henwood storyteller extraordinaire for Hatches and Dispatches – stories of abortionists, midwives, poisoners, secret babies, and baby farmers in the back alleys of early Sydney.

Max Burns-McRuvie at SILY bar reimagines the multicultural metropolis of the gambling houses and opium dens of the 1870s and 1880s.  Debauchery and prostitution meet racial prejudice, squalor and corruption in this evocation of ‘fan tan hells’ and ‘poppy dreams’.

History with a bit of burlesque?  –  enter the ‘wake’ at The Barber Shop and be entertained by femme fatale husband poisoner ‘Dorris Donnit’ aka Sophie Cook aka Legs 11.11.

Slip into the deep-set velour booths at the Prince of York for revolving historical yarns. Hear about where the dead were buried; historical plagues; what was on the colonial plate and tales tall and true from another time.

Time: 6:30pm

Location: There are 4 locations where the tour commences, choose 1 in the drop-down below and arrive at your chosen location at 6.30pm

Since I Left You – 338 Kent Street, Sydney

Papa Gede’s – Laneway, 348 Kent Street, Sydney

The Barbershop – 89 York St, Sydney

Prince of York – 18 York Street, Sydney