FROM FITZROY TO ZION
On August 31 1885 John Alexander Dowie arrived at the Free Christian Tabernacle in Fitzroy Melbourne to find his pastor’s room destroyed from a suspicious explosion. Months earlier, he had been imprisoned for preaching on the streets. These processions drew both crowds of the faithful and jeers from local hecklers. But Dowie's knack for attracting controversy would only continue following his move to America, the imagined land of opportunity.
This episode traces Dowie's rise from humble beginnings to the world's first celebrity faith healing preacher. Outspoken about the moral issues of his time, Dowie got as good as he gave - lampooned by the press as the 'Prophet for Profit'.
Located in the heart of Bank Place lies the Mitre Tavern pub – a Melbourne institution known especially for its resident ghost! It’s said to be haunted by the spirit of Connie Waugh, the mistress of local heavyweight Sir Rupert Clarke.
In this episode Dead & Buried investigates two classic Melbourne urban legends in our version of history mythbusting. We unearth the paper trail surrounding former Melbourne stars who have lingered in the limelight well beyond the grave. And what we uncover might upset more than a few ghosthunters!
In the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy one October evening in 1863, The Great Eastern was hotly pursued and finally tackled by a policeman. After several failed attempts to escape, the prisoner suddenly confessed ‘I may as well tell you I am a man.’ This episode explores clothing, sexuality and gender in colonial Melbourne.
This episode contains coarse language and sexual references.