Author: Public Record Office Victoria

Playwright, artist and poet Barry Dickins’ will recount his stories of the notorious 1920s Fitzroy gangster Squizzy Taylor at Old Treasury Building on Sunday 7 August. Squizzy gained notoriety in 1920s Melbourne for race fixing, standover tactics and bootlegging, and for his flashy style of dress. He was linked to several high-profile murders. It was the time of the 1920s gang wars and criminal activities in Melbourne’s inner-city slums in the pre-Depression era. Dickins will give a different perspective to this criminal as he recounts his own personal memories and encounters with Squizzy’s gang including the story of Squizzy’s fatal wounding in a shootout in 1927. Records of Squizzys prison life are on display at the Old Treasury Building. The Real Squizzy Old Treasury Building 20 Spring Street, Melbourne 2pm Sunday 7 August $5; bookings: 9651 2233 or rsvp@oldtreasurybuilding.org.au