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Join us in July and August for guided walking tours through Middle Brighton and a talk with author Laraine Stephens about her locally-based historical novel, The Death Mask Murders.


Discover Brighton - 14 July and 18 August 2021

Guided by our knowledgeable volunteers, these historical walking tours will take you back into Brighton's past, bringing new meaning to familiar landmarks.


Tour 1: The Town Hall Heritage Precinct

With some of our oldest public buildings, this walk will cover the early history of Brighton, through its public buildings, homes and streets.

When: Wednesday 14 July, 10.30-11.30 am.
Where: Meet outside the Brighton Town Hall, corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets
Cost: $10.00 per person.


Tour 2: Pub to Pub

From the former Khyats Hotel to the Marine Hotel, explore the role early hotels played in the growth of the township, discovering significant places along the way.

When: Wednesday 18 August, 10.30-11.30 am.
Where: Meet outside the Brighton Town Hall, corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets
Cost: $10.00 per person.


Each tour is limited to 12 people. To register, please contact us by email or phone (9553 8650). Please provide your name/s and contact phone number.


Author talk: The Death Mask Murders by Laraine Stephens - Wednesday 25 August 2021

It is February 1918.

Somewhere in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, the Death Mask Murderer is lurking, engaged in a ritualistic killing spree: shaving the heads of young women, strangling them and creating a gruesome memento of each in the form of a death mask.

As a wild storm batters Brighton, Emma Hart, an aspiring artist, and Max Rushforth, a shell-shocked ex-soldier, take refuge in the cellar of a derelict mansion, the killer’s lair and home to his sinister collection of plaster casts. With Max in the spotlight of the police investigation, Emma calls on the expertise of crime reporter, Reggie da Costa, and Dr Silas Bacon, an expert in death masks, to prove his innocence, unaware that she, too, is in the killer’s sights.

Join Beaumaris author Laraine Stephens, who will introduce her new novel, which is set in Brighton in 1918. Laraine will discuss how she went about researching and writing the novel.


When: Wednesday 25 August 2.00 - 3.00pm
Where: Brighton Historical Society, level 1, Brighton Arts & Cultural Centre, corner Wilson & Carpenter Streets, Brighton
Cost: $10.00 per person. Bookings essential. Please contact us by email or phone to register.


Images: Left - Marine Hotel, 1933. State Library Victoria. Right - The Death Mask Murders by Laraine Stephens.

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