This subterraneous hovel is rumoured to have been used by 1920s mafiosi Squizzy Taylor to shun military raids on his gambling den
A RECENTLY unearthed hovel dark underneath a streets of Richmond might have unprotected how mythological Melbourne gangster, Joseph “Squizzy” Taylor, eluded police.
He was a theme of a Nine Network’s play Underbelly: Squizzy Steps Out.
The find fits with rumours of tip tunnels, believed to be widespread conflicting a Richmond Hill, that helped a rapist kingpin shun military raids on his Goodwood St gambling basement during a 1920s.
Buried underneath sand and balderdash and worse, a attic next a outworn bureau had secluded a damp, claustrophobic thoroughfare for decades.
But as a owners of a factory/house during 11 Goodwood St, conflicting Taylor’s former gambling den, began scheming it for sale progressing this year a hovel was revealed.
Edie McGregor, who has formerly lived in a residence on a same retard as a factory, has listened her share of tales involving a property.
“The gossip is he (Squizzy) would go underneath a road, along a passage, and into a bureau and afterwards possibly go by a night transport run or burst a blockade to Bridge Rd,” Ms McGregor said.
Peter Healy a partial owners whose grandfather built a bureau and grown film there in a same epoch as a mafiosi saw a hovel for a initial time final weekend.
“He was a frequently seen chairman in a area … he operated a gambling propagandize on a premises conflicting and apparently he used to have a ‘cockatoo’ (lookout) to watch for military raids opposite a fence,” he said.
David Langdon from a Richmond and Burnley Historical multitude has listened identical rumours.
“Some have pronounced that Squizzy Taylor used this (property) as an bootleg gambling house, and had a tunnels for shun routes,” he said.
Thick with cobwebs a hovel now ends in a wall of bricks and concrete combined after a tunnels strange creation.
The surprising property, that facilities a house, emporium front and a bureau on an 880 retard metre retard has been related with Mr Healy’s family for 115 years, though will be auctioned on Dec 14.
Hayden Reed, a Jellis Craig representative offered a property, pronounced considerable views and a plcae would substantially lapse a cost of $2.5 million-plus from a developer or builder.
And that might supplement a serve couple between a aged bureau and a circuitously gambling den.
Taylor’s aged two-up propagandize conflicting a highway is now a retard of units.