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Bilking Square

In 1870s Melbourne, Juliet Terrace and Romeo Lane, between Bourke and Little Bourke streets at the eastern end of the city grid, led to Bilking Square, an unofficial name for this notorious location of prostitution. The name derives from the practice of prostitutes stealing intended customers' wallets after inviting them into bed with a promise of sexual favours. Romeo Lane and Juliet Terrace were respectively renamed Crossley Street (1876) and Liverpool Street (1890).

Andrew May