Jan. 3rd, 2014

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Right hand cottage, the "better off" one.

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Left-hand cottage, with loose board, is the poorer cottage.

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At Melbourne museum there is a recreation of two cottages from the former Little Lon district, either a miserable slum and red light district or vibrant working class community of migrant and itinerant workers. Or both.


The panel there says....

You are invited to enter the world of Little Lon in the 1880s and 1890s.

Alleys, backyards and parts of two houses are recreated here: one of a very poor family, the other of a family better off. Although new timber buildings were outlawed in 1850, many survived for several decades, in increasing states of disrepair.

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