The 1932 Rebellion That Might Have Been: A Walking Tour WEA Sydney

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As the world was splitting into left and right during the Depression, so was Australia. The public saw the conflict between Jack Lang, the New Guard, and the Crown on display at the memorable opening of the Harbour Bridge, and then Lang's dismissal by the Governor months later – what they didn't realise is that the fascist New Guard had a plan for taking over New South Wales, and so did Lang. Join us as we walk in the footsteps of Lang, his friends, his enemies, his rivals, in a story of what was, and what might have been. Meet at the Cenotaph outside 1 Martin Place 10 minutes before the tour starts so it can commence on time.

This walk will go ahead whatever the weather, except where the guide deems there to be a threat to health and safety. In this situation you will be contacted with an alternative date. Please ensure your mobile phone number is up-to-date with WEA before enrolling and ensure that you have it with you on the day in case the tutor needs to contact you.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Cenotaph, Martin Place: the legacy of WWI
  • Westpac bank (Savings Bank of NSW) George St: the Depression; solutions proposed by Right and Left.
  • Angel Place: The New Guard, origins and operations; Eric Campbell; Francis de Groot.
  • Parliament House Macquarie St: Premier Jack Lang; government responses to the Depression
  • Domain: The Depression; impact on the different classes; eviction riots and homelessness.
  • Conservatorium lookout: Opening of the Harbour Bridge
  • Government House: Governor Sir Philip Game; the dismissal; response by Lang, his followers, the New Guard
  • Man ‘O War Steps: resolution; legacy. A short walk to Circular Quay.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know the sequence of events, causes and consequences, location of events and the personalities at play.

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