Law and Order Week: A History of Bad Behaviour
Opium dens, illegal brothels, and men with names as colourful as their pasts: our panel uncovers Melbourne’s criminal record. Featuring Shane Maloney, LM Robinson, Andrew May and Jeff Sparrow.
Melbourne’s history is neck-deep with skullduggery, from our city origins to the wild colonial days of the gold rush to the golden age of illegal bookies and ganglands. In this session, we take a forensic look at this city’s shady past.
Born in Hamilton in western Victoria in 1953, Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much-loved Murray Whelan series – Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In – has been published around the world.
Associate Professor Andrew May is a social historian in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and editor of The Encyclopedia of Melbourne.
LM Robinson has worked as a tutor, university lecturer, freelance writer and teacher.
Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster. His most recent book is No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson. He writes a fortnightly column for the Guardian, is part of the Breakfasters team on 3RRR each week day morning and is also an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.