Melbourne Trivia


We come across all sorts of interesting Melbourne tit-bits that are often difficult to categorise, so this is where they end up...

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 Trugo Trugo
Trugo is a sport invented in the railway repair workshops of Newport in the Western suburbs of Melbourne by railway workers in the 1920s. There are only 2 "games" that can be claimed to have been invented in Melbourne. Trugo like Australian Rules Football is one of Victoria Read more..

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 Tunguska Event Tunguska Event
Eye-witness accounts in Melbourne early morning on 30 June 1908 of a cylindrical object travelling extremely fast from south-south-east to south-east. Where was it headed? The answer appears to be the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean off the north coast of Siberia. A possible sour Read more..

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 Tunnel Vision Tunnel Vision
It is 50 degrees, dusty and very cramped. We are in a service tunnel under Parkville's Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) which supplies steam to the Children's Hospital nearby. The tunnel is more than 400 metres long and can only be accessed by going deep into the hospital's bas Read more..

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 Tunnels under Melbourne Tunnels under Melbourne
We intially had a giggle when we were asked how many tunnels were under Melbourne, but we decided not to have tunnel-vision (hehe) and we soon found there was more to it. A little research into tunnels under Melbourne, we were surprised to discover tunnels potentially run ever Read more..

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 Tupperware | First Party Tupperware | First Party
The first Tupperware party in Australia was held by Mary Paton in her motherís home in Camberwell in 1961. Maryís sister Ruth became the first Australian Demonstrator. Craig and Mary Paton were living in California when Craig met Tupperware International President Hamer Wi Read more..

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 Unusual Melbourne Unusual Melbourne
A friend recently asked what was unusual about Melbourne. Unlike me, I didn't have an immediate answer. Yes, I know, most unlike me, who knows everything (well, supposedly) about Melbourne. I had to digest the question before regurgitating an answer because what one person Read more..

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 Urban Legend | Melbourne Urban Legend | Melbourne
We are always looking for trivia about Melbourne, so Urban Legend fits the bill perfectly. Firstly, what is an Urban Legend? An urban legend is a myth, sometimes true, sometimes false more often than not, an unproven tale, it's a furphy. OK, we hear you, whats a furphy. Read more..

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 Vegemite Vegemite
A Melbourne man named Fred Walker had the bright idea of using yeast extract to create a wonderful source of vitamin B and a tasty new spread named VEGEMITE. A little known fact is every jar of Vegemite 'ever made' has come from the Melbourne factory at Fisherman Bend. Veg Read more..

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 Wacky Melbourne Suburb Names Wacky Melbourne Suburb Names
3AW's breakfast shows Ross and John took callers with new names for existing suburbs in Melbourne. Scum-bry for Sunbury Crazy burn for Craigieburn Freakston for Frankston Chernobyl Park for Noble Park Wonthaggi - Moe by the sea Dandebong for Dandenong Funky town f Read more..

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 War on the Streets War on the Streets
WHATíS in a street name? Residents in many suburbs may wonder about the curious names of some of their streets and how they came to be. An area south of Riversdale Rd along Elgar Rd, opposite Wattle Park in Melbourneís mid-eastern suburbs, was sub-divided in late 1916, when t Read more..

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 What Happened To? What Happened To?
We receive many enquiries asking what happened to, so here is an over-view of the most commonly asked What Happened To? By the way, if you have one, then ask away below... YELLOW PERIL VAULT was a controversial public sculpture by Ron Robertson-Swann commissioned by the Me Read more..

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 What it means to be Australian... What it means to be Australian...
We came across two versions of "what it means to be Australian"... 1. What it means to be Australian Being Australian is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Read more..

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 Why do you see pairs of shoes hanging from power lines? Why do you see pairs of shoes hanging from power lines?
The question of "why are shoes hanging by the laces from power lines?" has popped up a number of times, we decided to do a little research. Shoes hanging from power lines suggestions ! - Drug dealer nearby - Time-honored tradition on the last day of school. - A remind Read more..

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 Williamstown Stockade | 1840 Williamstown Stockade | 1840
Technically speaking, this article is about the Oldest Building in a Melbourne suburb rather than Melbourneís Oldest Building, written by C Mervyn Archdall in September 1947, published in Walkabout | Australian Geographical Magazine. Melbourneís Oldest Building Williamstown S Read more..

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 World FIRST's Melbourne World FIRST's Melbourne
Melbourne is not only known for many 'Australian' firsts, but also for world FIRSTS, paving the way in many areas and proving that Melbourne truly is a remarkable city... Australian FIRSTS for Melbourne The new Melbourne Convention Centre has been awarded a 6 Star Green Sta Read more..

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 World's First Ice-Making Machine World's First Ice-Making Machine
James Harrison was the first to invent and patent a mechanical system to create ice for refrigeration. A model of the first industrial refrigerator (pic above), invented by James Harrison of Geelong in the 1850's, is now on display at Scienceworks. The model represents a local Read more..

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 World's Shortest Highway | Chandler Highway World's Shortest Highway | Chandler Highway
Have we got a new challenger for the world's shortest 'highway' in Melbourne? For many years Chandler Highway was considered the worlds shortest highway, but we noticed on Google maps that part of City Road in Southbank is actually named Yarra Bank Highway. The map sugges Read more..

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 Year of Melbourne | 1861 Year of Melbourne | 1861
As the National Gallery of Victoria celebrated its 150th birthday in February 2011, it emerged that many important events took place in Melbourne during 1861.. -:- Melbourne Museum of Art (National Gallery of Victoria) - Australia's first public gallery -:- Dame Nellie Melba Read more..

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