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Melbourne Day | Saturday 30th August


Melbourne Day | Saturday 30th August

August 30, 2014 marks 179 years since the city's founding - the day the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 1835.

This pioneering group was led by Captain John Lancey with Launceston builder George Evans and his servant Evan Evans, carpenters William Jackson and Robert Hay Marr, ploughman Charles Wise and blacksmith James Gilbert and his wife Mary making up the party.

It was on 30 August 1835 that these first settlers landed and commenced with the building of a thatched storage hut and the clearing of land along the north bank of the Yarra River. This location today is known as Enterprize Park where Williams Street and Flinders Street meet near the old Customs House.

The people of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners of the land that became Melbourne, including the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung and Djadjawurrung people, who gathered in this place for ceremonies and cultural activities.

Melbourne Day celebrates more than just the day the city was founded. It represents the point at which the proud community of Melbourne began. And it is a day to celebrate all that makes Melbourne one of the world's most liveable cities.

Melburnians are invited to join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at Enterprize Park on Melbourne Day at 10am for the official Flag Raising Ceremony. The free public activities include live entertainment, morning tea and a rifle volley plus cannon fire by the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia.

Also see


-:- Who Founded Melbourne? Was it Fawkner or Batman?
-:- Victoria Day


Date: Saturday 30th of August 2014



Web Links

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Also See...


Book OnlineFoundation of Melbourne

Book OnlineMelbourne Day | C J La Trobe Society

Book OnlineMelbourne Day | Free Family Fun Day

Book OnlineMelburnian of the Year | Major Brendan Nottle







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