History of Melbourne


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 50 Magic Years in Melbourne 50 Magic Years in Melbourne
Taking place in November 2006, a number of exhibitions and events combined to celebrate 50 magic years in Melbourne since the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The weekend (18th & 19th) featured events at the MCG including a re-enactment of the opening and closing ceremon Read more..

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 Aussie Heritage Aussie Heritage
An Australian Heritage list of over 20,000 places, buildings and objects of natural, indigenous and historic significance. This list contains listings from world, national and commonwealth heritage lists. Whether you looking for information for a holiday, tour, education Read more..

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 Batman's Treaty of Melbourne Batman's Treaty of Melbourne
Since the infamous TREATY was signed on 6th June 1835, the circumstances around the foundation of Melbourne, and the question of who should take credit, have long been matters of dispute. Even the location of where the treaty was signed remains a mystery and hotly debated. To Read more..

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 Batmania Batmania
Batmania is a fun way to explore the people and events surrounding the foundation of Melbourne. Do the historical documents portray the true story? What were the motives of the main players? What was John Batman really like? Fact or fiction - you decide. Objects from the Read more..

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 Burke and Wills Expedition Burke and Wills Expedition
The Burke and Wills Expedition was originally called the Victorian Exploring Expedition and its aim was to cross the continent of Australia from Melbourne on the south coast to the north coast. The expedition was organised by the Royal Society of Victoria and it became the fir Read more..

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 Captain Matthew Flinders Captain Matthew Flinders
Matthew Flinders helped shape what was to become the city of Melbourne is many, unusual ways. Although he never once used his own name for any feature in all his discoveries, Flinders' name is now associated with over 100 geographical features and places in Australia in addition Read more..

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 Carols by Candlelight | History Carols by Candlelight | History
The first Carols by Candlelight was held in Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne in 1938, attended by around 10,000 people. Carols by Candlelight is an Australian Christmas tradition that originated in Melbourne and has now spread around the world. People come to Carols by Candleligh Read more..

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 Charles Grimes - 1802 Port Phillip Bay Survey Charles Grimes - 1802 Port Phillip Bay Survey
In 1802 the third governor of New South Wales, Governor King, sent the Surveyor General of New South Wales, Charles Grimes to explore King Island, Western Port, and Port Phillip, then the southern parts of the colony of New South Wales. Port Phillip was first entered by Europe Read more..

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 CSS Shenandoah | 1864 - Melbourne CSS Shenandoah | 1864 - Melbourne
CSS Shenandoah | 1864 - Melbourne's Civil War Connection Like most of the world's great cities, Melbourne is full of history, but I wonder how many Melburnians know that a slightly bizarre, and very compelling chapter of the American Civil War was played out right here in Melb Read more..

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 Cyclorama of Early Melbourne Cyclorama of Early Melbourne
At the State Library of Victoria, this rare and historical cyclorama oil painting shows a 360 degree view of Melbourne in the 1840s. Measuring 100 feet, this panorama is one of the earliest known views of Melbourne. It depicts the people, buildings and streets of the fledglin Read more..

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 Dabbling with the Diary Dabbling with the Diary
It seems that Batman expected his diary would be forwarded to London as part of the submission to the British Government. It was vital then, that his diary be consistent with the pro forma wording already on the treaty documents, and the reports, and maps which had yet to be com Read more..

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 Discovery of Gold Discovery of Gold
"Put it away Mr Clarke, or we shall all have our throats cut". - Sir George Phillips, 1844 after Reverend WB Clarke presented his gold discovery. Discovery of Gold > Early gold discoveries Gold in Australia before 1851 was a dangerous commodity. The Califorian gold rush dr Read more..

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 Docklands Precinct Heritage Sites Docklands Precinct Heritage Sites
Batman's Hill Marker When John Batman first settled the Port Phillip district in 1835, a small hill known as Pleasant Hill was a key feature of the landscape. Elevated land was very desirable in the then swampy river flats along the Yarra River, and John Batman settled on this Read more..

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 Emblems of Victoria Emblems of Victoria
The emblems of Victoria include... Floral emblem: Pink Heath Animal emblem: Leadbeater's Possum Bird emblem: Helmeted Honeyeater Marine Faunal Emblem: Weedy Seadragon Sadly, the Leadbeater's Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater are considered to be endangered species (2007). Read more..

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 Encyclopedia of Melbourne | eMelbourne Encyclopedia of Melbourne | eMelbourne
The Encyclopedia is an A to Z reference work covering the city's history from pre-European settlement up to the present day. Alphabetical entries range from short factual summaries about places, institutions and events, through to extended survey articles on key topics such a Read more..

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 Eureka Stockade Eureka Stockade
The Eureka Rebellion in 1854 was an organised rebellion of gold miners of Ballarat against British colonial authority. The Battle of Eureka Stockade was fought between miners and the Colonial forces of Australia on 3rd December 1854 at Eureka Lead and named for the stockade s Read more..

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 First Men Hanged Memorial First Men Hanged Memorial
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner first men hanged in Melbourne Call for memorial for first men hanged in Melbourne Buried beneath the tarmac and tourist trinkets of the Queen Victoria Market lie the bones of two men, condemned as bloodthirsty outlaws and hanged in the Read more..

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 Foundation of Melbourne Foundation of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne was meticulously planned but it began as a barely legal, speculative settlement that broke away from New South Wales. It was fortunate to be blessed with farsighted founders who envisioned a great 19th century city with an abundance of parks, wide roads and Read more..

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 Garryowen's Melbourne Garryowen's Melbourne
Edmund Finn arrived in Melbourne in 1841 and began writing colourful descriptions of life in early Melbourne under the pseudonym of Garryowen. :: John Pascoe Fawkner :: Burial Hill :: Eerie cavortings at the Old Melbourne Cemetery See links below for a selection from Garr Read more..

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 Glenrowan 1880 - Ned Kelly's Last Stand Glenrowan 1880 - Ned Kelly's Last Stand
The Glenrowan1880 site is an educational resource for those who wish to learn the truth about the siege at Glenrowan in June of 1880. Find original newspaper text, archives, police documentation and read eyewitness accounts and much more. Read more..

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 Great Bookie Robbery Great Bookie Robbery
There would not be many locals over the age of 21 who have not heard of the Great Bookie Robbery which took place in Melbourne's CBD in April 1976. Amazingly, no-one has ever been convicted, and no money has ever been recovered. A gang of six men with machine guns took 11 m Read more..

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 Henley on Yarra Henley on Yarra
Melbourne's high points of colour and activity from 1904 until after World War 2 were the annual Henley-on-Yarra regattas. They were held each year during spring, between the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Melburnians flocked to the Yarra for one day and night to celebrate thei Read more..

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 Historical Information Sources Historical Information Sources
History in Australia and in particular Victoria, is well recorded and maintained. Listed below are but some of the Government maintained records and sources for historical information. Public Record Office of Victoria National Archives of Australia National Trust of Austral Read more..

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 Historical Societies of Victoria Historical Societies of Victoria
Melbourne and Victorian Historical Societies include: HISTORICAL SOCIETIES Box Hill Historical Society Suite 7, Town Hall Hub, 27 Banks Street, Box Hill (Rear of Box Hill Town Hall) Postal Address: PO Box 268, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia 3128 Phone: (03)9285 4808 Read more..

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 History of Marvellous Melbourne History of Marvellous Melbourne
A wonderful video history tour of marvellous Melbourne from her founding by John Batman through to the Olympic Games in 1956 and beyond. Marvellous Melbourne History video by Shane Northey. Read more..

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 History of Melbourne History of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. This special place is now known by its European name of Melbourne. Today, Melbourne is one of the great multicultural cities of the world and is a significant meetin Read more..

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 Historypin Historypin
A global community collaborating around history Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Historypin community is Read more..

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 HMAS Melbourne HMAS Melbourne
Three Royal Australian Navy ships have been named HMAS Melbourne: -:- HMAS Melbourne - Chatham class light cruiser | 1912 - 1929. -:- HMAS Melbourne (R21) Majestic class aircraft carrier | 1947 - 1985. -:- HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) Adelaide class guided missile frigate | 1989 Read more..

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 Impressions of Melbourne Impressions of Melbourne
After 100 hard days at sea, reaching dry land at Melbourne was hardly the paradise many had been waiting for. "The migrants who had travelled so eagerly to the other side of the world were rarely prepared for the frontier society they found at the end of their journey ... the Read more..

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 Jerilderie Letter Jerilderie Letter
The Jerilderie Letter Event commemorates the 1879 raid on Jerilderie by Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Steven Hart and Joe Byrne. The raid took place between Saturday February 8th and Monday February 10. During the raid, the Gang robbed the Bank of New South Wales of 2140 pounds, he Read more..

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 Judge Walpole Willis’ Port Phillip Casebooks  Judge Walpole Willis’ Port Phillip Casebooks
Judge Walpole Willis’ Port Phillip Casebooks on the Web Five criminal casebooks, one civil casebook and other papers of Judge Willis - the first judge in Port Phillip - have survived and will be made available for the first time online for Victorians. The transcriptions come c Read more..

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 Koori and Aboriginal History Koori and Aboriginal History
The area around Port Phillip was the home of the Kulin nation, an alliance of several language groups of Indigenous Australians, whose ancestors had lived in the area for approximately 30,000 years. The Kulin lived by fishing, hunting and gathering, and made a good living fro Read more..

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 La Trobe’s Arrival | 170th Anniversary La Trobe’s Arrival | 170th Anniversary
On 3 October 2009, Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage re-enacted La Trobe’s arrival at Port Phillip. Charles Joseph La Trobe took over from Captain Lonsdale and assumed the position of Superintendent until 1851 and then Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria until 1854. He purchased 1 Read more..

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 Labour Day | History Labour Day | History
Melbourne celebrates Labour Day with a public holiday on the second Monday of March every year. Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement which advocated eight hours for work eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest. Labour Day is an annual holida Read more..

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 Lazarus Diary Lazarus Diary
One of the State Library of Victoria collection treasures is the Lazarus Diary, which contains one of the few eyewitness accounts of the Eureka uprising in December 1854. Measuring 12cm x 18.5cm, the diary is a vellum-bound octavo stock notebook containing 168 handwritten pag Read more..

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 Little Lonsdale Street Little Lonsdale Street
In the summer of 1987-88, almost an entire block at the northern end of Melbourne's Central Business District was excavated by a team of historical archaeologists, before being redeveloped for tall office buildings. About 17,000 items were collected and described, and they are no Read more..

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 Marvellous Melbourne Marvellous Melbourne
By world standards, Melbourne is a young city. But it has layers of history. Here you can discover some of them. Bluestone and concrete, paint and neon, Victorian-ornate and sheet-glass — all cram into the cross-hatched canyons that are Melbourne's streets and lanes. Early Day Read more..

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 Melbourne Archive in UN World Register Melbourne Archive in UN World Register
A Melbourne archive that features the work of one of the first artists in the world to work with laser, sound and image production, Joseph Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski, has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register – a program governed by the United Nations, designe Read more..

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 Melbourne Docklands History Melbourne Docklands History
Until the 1880s ships coming into Melbourne anchored in Hobson's Bay and unloaded their cargo onto lighters which then made their way up the Yarra River to wharves such as the famous Queen's Wharf. Alternately the cargo was unloaded at Williamstown or Port Melbourne (Sandridge) a Read more..

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 Melbourne Historical | iTunes! Melbourne Historical | iTunes!
The iPhone app that tells the story of a great Victorian-era city: MELBOURNE HISTORICAL What Melbourne alleyway is named after a group of hard rockers? Where can you find a corroboree tree that's older than the entire city it's standing in? And why is there a gargoyle resemb Read more..

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 Melbourne | Now and Then Melbourne | Now and Then
A pictorial perspective look at Melbourne, Now and Then. Featuring Melbourne landmarks in 2007 compared to how they looked in c1870 including: :: Flinders Street Station :: Yarra River (west) :: Flinders Lane :: Elizebeth Street :: Chinatown (Little Bourke St) :: South Read more..

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 Melbourne | Wikipedia Melbourne | Wikipedia
Melbourne (/ˈmɛlbərn/)[9][10][11] is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia.[1] The name "Melbourne" refers to an urban agglomeration spanning 9,900 km2 (3,800 sq mi)[3] which comprises Read more..

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 Melbourne | Wikipedia | Page 2 Melbourne | Wikipedia | Page 2
Continued from Melbourne | Wikipedia Housing Melbourne has minimal public housing and high demand for rental housing, which is becoming unaffordable for more and more people.[119][120][121] Public housing is usually provided by the Housing Commission of Victoria, and operat Read more..

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 Melbourne's Centenary 1934 | Marvelllous Melbourne Melbourne's Centenary 1934 | Marvelllous Melbourne
In 1934, as Melbourne planned to celebrate the centenary of European settlement, it seemed to some that there was little to celebrate. The financial strains of the depression, unemployment and the scandal of the city's slums all undercut claims of unbridled progress. Perhaps b Read more..

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 Ned Kelly Ned Kelly
The infamous Edward "Ned" Kelly was born near Melbourne in January 1855 and hanged at the Melbourne gaol on 11 November 1880. Ned Kelly and his gang are Australia's most famous bushrangers, pursued by police for robbery and murder, his capture was finally made after a gun fig Read more..

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 Origin of Melbourne Origin of Melbourne
Where did the name Melbourne come from? John Delaney from Derbyshire, England explains the link between Victoria’s great city and a small town in the English Midlands. In 1837 a small settlement on the banks of the Yarra River in Australia needed a name. Queen Victoria, a Read more..

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 Port of Melbourne | History Port of Melbourne | History
The Port of Melbourne has extended from Williamstown and Port Melbourne on Hobsons Bay, to the part of the Yarra River known as Queens Wharf, opposite William Street, central Melbourne. When the `Enterprize' carrying settlers from Tasmania, entered the Yarra River in August, Read more..

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 Prime Minister | Victorian Prime Minister | Victorian
There have been 11 Victorian Prime Ministers including the longest serving (Robert Menzies*) and the first female (Julia Gillard). Ten of Australia's prime ministers were born in Victoria. Melbourne Grammar School produced the most prime ministers (Deakin, Bruce and Fraser) Read more..

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 Royal Historical Society of Victoria Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Organisation working at preserving the memories of early settlement in Victoria. Site features information about the organisation, programme of activities and events, research material, and links. The Royal Historical Society of Victoria was formed in 1909 and is a community o Read more..

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 Short History of Melbourne Short History of Melbourne
A short version of the history of the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Before 1835 The first people to live around the area which is now Melbourne were the Aboriginal people. There were five different groups which belonged to the Kulin Nation. They were hunter-gather Read more..

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 Significant Dates & Events | Melbourne Significant Dates & Events | Melbourne
The events that shaped the city of Melbourne by year. 1835 - On 20 August* the Enterprize charted by John Pascoe Fawkner and captained by John Lancey entered the Yarra River. After being hauled upstream, she moored at the foot of the present day William Street. On 30 Augus Read more..

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 Smellbourne Smellbourne
Melbourne has had many names but one it didn't like was SMELLmellbourne. In the 1800's the majority of sewage and waste from houses was emptied into open drains that flowed into street channels. This waste mixed with waste from stables and industries made these open street ch Read more..

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 spaghetti mafia spaghetti mafia
A history of Italian restaurants in Melbourne commencing with Cafe d'Italia (later The Latin), The Society, Florentino's, Molinas and Marios, and how they became known as the spaghetti mafia. The Italian Restaurant families The way we eat in Australia this century has a lot t Read more..

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 Street Name Origins Street Name Origins
The debate over who actually named Melbourne's streets, and to whom those names indeed refer, is less important than their evolving role as socio-cultural signifiers. It was a Richard Bourke not Sir Richard Bourke who named many of Melbourne's streets, but as street names were Read more..

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 The Department of History - University of Melbourne The Department of History - University of Melbourne
The study of history has been part of the curriculum of the University of Melbourne since it began teaching in 1854. Under Sir Ernest Scott, Professor of History from 1914 to 1936, the Department pioneered teaching and research in Australian history. His successor, Professor M Read more..

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 Victorian and Victorianism Victorian and Victorianism
For much of this century the term Victorian, which literally describes things and events in the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), conveyed connotations of "prudish," "repressed," and "old fashioned." Although such associations have some basis in fact, they do not adequatel Read more..

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 Victorian Heritage Register and Heritage Inventory Victorian Heritage Register and Heritage Inventory
The Victorian Heritage Register and the Victorian Heritage Inventory is available on-line in a fully searchable database. The Register is a comprehensive listing of Victoria's most significant places, objects and historic shipwrecks. The Heritage Inventory lists all known his Read more..

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 Victorian Historical and Genealogical Directory Victorian Historical and Genealogical Directory
Victorian Historical and Genealogical Directory -:- The Genealogical Society of Victoria -:- Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies -:- Royal Historical Society of Victoria -:- Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria -:- Cornish Association of Victoria Read more..

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 Why Melbourne? Royal Historical Society of Victoria Why Melbourne? Royal Historical Society of Victoria
For an excellent virtual historical tour of the history of Melbourne you cannot go past the Royal Historical Society of Victoria - Why Melbourne? Why Melbourne?: From Dreamtime to the capital of Victoria Just one of the societies Local History Online collection including: Read more..

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 World War I First Shot in Melbourne World War I First Shot in Melbourne
A surprising aspect of the history of Melbourne comes the news that the first shot fired by the British Empire in World War I was not on the battlefields of Europe, it came from a windswept fort south of Melbourne, half a world away. That moment – 100 years ago on Tuesday 5th Read more..

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 Wurundjeri Clans Wurundjeri Clans
David Krause, Great Grandson of King Billibellary maintains history should be rewritten as the Wurundjeri "clans" not the Wurundjeri "tribe". The fabricated NTS (Native Title Services) Wurundjeri claim by the descendants of Bebejern through William Barak, and his sister Annie Read more..

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 Yarra River : The Wurundjeri & European discovery Yarra River : The Wurundjeri & European discovery
The Yarra has played a pivotal role in the pre-European history and the modern development of Melbourne. To the original Wurundjeri people, the river was "birrarung" - 'river of mists and shadows'. They camped on both banks of the river, especially near present day Government Read more..

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