Bordellos & Bruisers

After Dark at Justice & Police Museum

Every law has its loopholes, but the 1908 Police Offences Amendment Act which forbade men from running brothels, acting as pimps or profiting off the proceeds of prostitution was practically an open invitation for Tilly Devine to storm in and take full advantage.

In a cut-throat rise from rags to riches, this vivacious street-walker from South London would soon establish her throne as Sydney’s Queen Madam and build an empire of dingy bordellos across Eastern Sydney. Delving into the dimly-lit underworld where Tilly and her husband Big Jim plied their nefarious trades alongside rival paramours Norman Bruhn and Nellie Cameron, crime historian and raconteur Max Burns-McRuvie will bring to life the sensational stories behind the bordellos and bruisers of Sydney in the 1920s and ‘30s. Enjoy an evening filled with cocktails, quirks and colourful criminal careers inside the Justice & Police Museum plus a chance to explore the museum after dark. 



Max Burns-McRuvie is a Sydney crime historian and storyteller who animates urban underworlds through narrative presentations, tours and events. With a B.A in Communications and History and a M.A in Museum and Heritage studies, Max transforms his research into live experiences that connect contemporary audiences with notorious tales hidden in the past. Read more.

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General: $30

Member: from $5 (includes a free drink)

Ticket includes museum entry.

18+. This is a licenced event.

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When & Where

Friday 10 June 2022 5PM–8PM

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
+612 02 9252 1144

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