Follow the app and discover Melbourne’s Jewish history

November 1, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Enjoy ‘A Jewish Walk Through Marvellous Melbourne’ via a brand-new app launched by the Australian Jewish Historical Society-Vic.

Devised by the Society’s Liz James, together with David Chester, the walking tour draws for inspiration upon the very popular walks conducted by long-term former president Dr Howard Freeman, who prepared a brochure on the subject.  The text of the new App was written by historian Dr Hilary Rubinstein.

Intended to enable visitors to Melbourne and Melburnians alike to explore the city’s rich and diverse Jewish past, the app consists of 45 stops, each featuring graphic images and informative descriptions to enhance appreciation of the long and diverse connection and contribution of Jews to the Victorian capital. No longer do you need to hire someone for a personal guided or group tour, this App is designed for use at your leisure, 365 days of the year. There is a voice-over at each stop and an interactive map in real-time.  Tram routes are included. Suggestions for further reading as well as a list of other local points of Jewish interest are also included.

Liz James said: ‘We can make changes at any time, should a freeway or tunnel destroy the route! I’m told that by coincidence a building featured in the App was in part the setting for one of the articles that will appear in this November’s AJHS Journal, and rather scandalously too, but if anyone wants to know which building, they’ll have to join our Victorian Society read the Journal and find out!  A big thank you is due to our colleagues at the AJHS in Sydney for hosting the App on their platform along with their hugely popular, ‘A Walk of Jewish Sydney’, and our gratitude goes in particular to Peter Keeda for his help, good humour, expertise and guidance in getting the App up and running.  We do hope everyone will enjoy the walk.’

The app shares the walking tour of historical Jewish Sydney.

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