• Greg Pickhaver explores the Secrets of Our Cities. (SBS)Source: SBS
Greig Pickhaver is on a mission to discover the secrets of some of Australia's most iconic cities. Travelling to Fremantle, Fitzroy and Bondi, Pickhaver uncovers the hidden history and unsung residents who've helped shape these places into the cities they are today.
SBS Writers

19 Jan 2018 - 3:56 PM  UPDATED 19 Jan 2018 - 3:56 PM

Often we take our surrounds for granted. How much do we really know about where we live and the history that informs its culture? Greig Pickhaver (better known to many as HG Nelson) has been exploring some of Australia's best known suburbs, discovering what makes them unique.



In the trendy, latte lover's paradise of Fitzroy, Victoria, Greig learns how a former slum where many European migrants made their home evolved into one of Melbourne's most desirable suburbs. Fitzroy was a hub for activism and the centre of the new call for Aboriginal rights in the 1970s, and once welcomed an unlikely and unscheduled visitor: Muhammad Ali.


Greig Pickhaver travels to the iconic and glamorous beachside suburb of Bondi, Sydney. He learns about the large Jewish community that have called Bondi home since the 1830s, and even catches a glimpse of a subtle Jewish spiritual boundary that lines the pavilion. He visits Australia's very first Milk Bar and meets fashion designer Jenny Kee who left Australia for London to follow the Beatles.


Now an eclectic, artistic hub, the seaside port of Fremantle has come a long way from its convict outpost days. Greig discovers the waves of migrants who've added a splash of colour to the city; including 10-pound poms, Italian migrants and boatloads of young women who arrived on 'bride ships'. He explores the roots of Fremantle local and ACDC legend Bon Scott, and learns about the Rajneeshees - an obscure religious cult that painted the city orange.

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