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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57 Mount Pleasant Street | Where?
Two questions from the Crowded House song "Weather With You".. 1. Where is 57 Mount Pleasant Street? 2. What does "walking round the room singing stormy weather"mean? 57 Mount Pleasant Street ..
About furphies | furphy
You've might have heard someone say telling furphies or that was a bit of a furphy and wondered what they meant or where the expression came from. FURPHY | FURPHIES | FURFY The word furphy is a un ..
Australian FIRSTS for Melbourne
Melbourne has more than its fair-shair of Australian firsts... One of the first women only gyms, in Victoria and possibly Australia, was established by Harriet Elphinstone-Dick, who lived from 1858 ..
Australian Words the US Get Wrong
20 AUSTRALIAN WORDS THAT MEAN SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT IN THE USA. The Yanks (Americans) are fascinated by the differences that exist between the Australian vocabulary and their own vocabulary. ..
Beyonce Street Brunswick
⊜ Beith Street, Brunswick
The world went mad when star Beyonce Knowles appeared in Brunswick, a Melbourne back street to film a music video clip in October 2013. Where: Beith Street, Brunswick When: October 2013 Who: Beyo ..
BIG Things in Melbourne
We love BIG, well there was the movie Big (Tom Hanks), and there is Big M (flavoured milk) and Big Coxy (sorry mate), so when it comes to big things, Victoria is huge! Here is 10 more. 1. The S ..
Billy Connolly | Live Melbourne
Billy Connolly has enjoyed a longstanding career as one of the world's best-loved comedians. His live shows have been enthralling audiences around the world for over three decades. He has toured re ..
⊜ corner Lygon Street and Grattan Street Carlton
Borsari's Corner is on the corner of Lygon Street and Grattan Street in Carlton. Named after Nino Borsari (14 December 1911 - 31 March 1996), an Italian cyclist who won a gold medal in the 4000 m ..
Bryant and May | Redheads
⊜ 570 Church Street Cremorne
Redheads matches were manufactured in the Bryant and May factory located in Church Street, Cremorne (Richmond). Bryant and May was well known for providing workers with excellent working conditions ..
But there were 5 Beatles!
Did you know there was once five Beatles not four? The only time it ever happened was in Melbourne on the 14th June, 1964. The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr had collapsed and was hospitalized on J ..
The savoury snack CHIKO Roll is an Australian icon right up there with Australian Rules Football, kangaroos and Holdens, was developed by Francis McEnroe from Bendigo. McEncroe got the idea after ..
Chloe | Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
She has graced magazine covers, had wine named after her and poems written to her. She has experienced fame and adoration and has won high acclaim from critics. Her career began, like the many model ..
Victoria's Christmas Bush is a Prostanthera lasianthos Lamiaceae. It is a variable shrub or small tree, from 2 m to 10 m high. Often has a compact habit when in shrub form. Leaves are lanceolate to ..
Coat of Arms
The City of Melbourne's Armorial Bearings (or arms) were first granted to the Corporation of the City of Melbourne by Letters Patent of the Kings of Arms dated 30 January 1940. They were based on ..
What is a C R O G G Y? A croggy is a ride on the handlebars of a mates push bike. Now we understand Croggy is not a Melbourne bit of trivia, but we do remember as Melburnian's either having a c ..
Dacomb: The Australian Shorthand devised by sisters Beatrice & Clara Dacomb. Dacomb, a popular form of shorthand was invented by two ladies from Melbourne. Dacomb shorthand was invented by two M ..
Dim Sim | Melbourne Icon
Yes, the humble dim sim was invented right here in Melbourne. The Dim Sim was developed by Chinese chef William Wing Young for his restaurant "Wing Lee"in Melbourne around 1945. A dim sim is a ..
Elvis Presley Memorial Garden
⊜ Carlton North
An unexpected memorial found in Melbourne Cemetery is the Elvis Presley Memorial Garden. The memorial was commissioned by the President of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Australia in November 1977. ..
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 ..
Eurovision Song Contest + Melbourne
What possible trivia connection could there be between the Eurovision Song Contest and Melbourne you ask? Believe it or not (ripley) there have been two (yes 2) singers from Melbourne who have perf ..
I had to have FAGS in our trivia section. I loved FAGS. I had a box of FAGS most days after school long before they became "unfashionable". FAGS was a candy stick made by Riviera Confectionery ( ..
Famous People Who Have Visited Melbourne!
With the recent visit by Tiger Woods to Melbourne, the question was asked on radio this morning, "who is the most 'famous' person to have visited Melbourne?". The list of famous was impressive with ..
First Flight Powered Flight in Melbourne
⊜ First Flight Powered Flight | Melbourne Melbourne
On March 18, 1910 whilst on a visit to Australia and in a Voisin biplane (purchased for US$5,000 in Hamburg, Germany prior to the trip, Harry Houdini made the first controlled, powered flight of an ai ..
First Flight | Australasian
February 1, 1858 - William Deane was the first person to fly a lighter-than-air craft in Australia when he ascends in the balloon 'Australasian' made for George Coppin by C. H. Brown and/or Henry T. C ..
Four'N Twenty Meat Pie
The Four'N Twenty Meat Pie is Victoria's best selling meat pie and was invented in Bendigo by LT. McLure in 1947. The meat pie is enormously popular in Australia and considered a tradition to eat ..
Funny Melbourne Facts
We quite enjoy the odd stuff in Melbourne, a city known for its funny facts or as we show here, Melbourne's crazy laws.. Below are a few laws that you should be aware of to keep you out of trouble ..
Funny Melbourne Street Names
Melbourne street names with a funny twist. This fabulous list of names shows our town planners have a sense of humour. BATMAN AVENUE Who wouldn't want to live in a street named after a fictio ..
Gayle's List of Big Things in Victoria
When it comes to BIG, they don't get much bigger than the list of 44 of Victoria's Big Things to Visit by Gayle Beveridge | weekendnotes.com. Gayle is an accountant (shh) with way too much time on ..
Ghost of Old Melbourne Gaol?
The Ghost of Old Melbourne Gaol photograph commenced with a simple question posed by a British tourist. It ran for 3 year's gathering thousands of hits and visits from all over the world. Questi ..
Google Earth Alphabet
The first Google Earth 'alphabet', featuring all 26 letters has been created from satellite images of Melbourne and Victorian features and buildings. Rhett Dashwood, a graphic designer from Melbour ..
Guinness World Records | Melbourne
Of all the pages we publish here at OnlyMelbourne, our page of Guinness World Records related to Melbourne would have to be the most trivial.. Longest running cartoon strip Who: Jim Russell When ..
Harry's Black Hole
Here is a curious Melbourne based web site with loads of handy 'local' information. Affectionately known as the Black Hole, because once you enter, you can't escape its magnetic appeal! Kids Lin ..
Hoddle Street and Punt Road
⊜ Hoddle Street Richmond
Why does one of Melbourne's busiest roads share 3 names, Hoddle Street, Punt Road and Hoddle Highway. Hoddle Highway (route 29) is a highway linking CityLink and the Eastern Freeway. The name "Hod ..
Home is Where the Heart is
Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) song about Melbourne, debuted at the 2016 Melbourne Day Concert at Federation Square. Home is Where the Heart is Drove home around the Western Ring Road, From t ..
Hook Turns | Right Turn
Melbourne is the only city in the world that has a Hook Turn. A Hook Turn enables a driver to make a right turn in selected intersections. Hook Turns are clearly sign-posted. Hook Turns were ..
Hot Jam Doughnut | Melbourne Invention
With the Donut Fest on the Green now becoming an annual event it may come as a surprise to discover the humble "Jam Doughnut"is a Melbourne invention. A doughnut or donut is a fried dough confectio ..
Houdini-Centenary Air Show
⊜ Coburns Rd, Melton
Houdini's achievement of Australia's first powered controlled flight will be commemorated at the Houdini-Centenary Air Show in March 2010 with a 3 day festival of flight. At dawn on 18 March 1910 ..
Human Wheelbarrows | World Record
The world record for the largest human wheelbarrow race was broken in 2008 on September 9th when Melbourne's own Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew set out to break the previous record that had been ..
Interesting Melbourne Facts
Melbourne is a modern city constantly changing and leading the world in many technologies. Here is some curious bits of trivia about Melbourne you might not know.. Curious Melbourne Trivia Spo ..
Invented in Melbourne
Australia's great ideas and vision can be seen by the many inventions that originated in Melbourne that have helped improve the lives of people all over the world. From medical (headache tablets) ..
Johnston Street | Collingwood & Fitzroy
WOW, we spotted this... Location** Very important!! There are two 153 Johnston Street's within one kilometre of each other!!! We are in Collingwood (close to Hoddle Street / Abbotsford) not in ..
Kiwi Shoe Polish
Kiwi Shoe Polish was invented by William Ramsay and Hamilton McKellan in a small factory in Melbourne in 1906. The brand name Kiwi was named after the bird from New Zealand and the home country o ..
Leaps and Bounds | Paul Kelly
Leaps and Bounds is a song written by Paul Kelly with Chris Langman. I'm high on the hill Looking over the bridge To the M.C.G. And way up on high The clock on the silo Says eleven degrees ..
Why is that people either love Melbourne or hate Melbourne, but there does not seem to be any in-between. With its cosmopolitan charm, most Australians appear to love Melbourne, except for people ..
Marchants Soft Drinks
Marchants Lemonade Lemonade manufactured by Marchant & Co. Richmond, Victoria, circa 1950s. In 1886, British migrant George Marchant purchased a Brisbane ginger beer manufacturing plant. By 1890, ..
McCubbin's Other Half
National Gallery of Victoria conservators are restoring Melbourne 1888 by Frederick McCubbin, but half of it is missing and they want your help to find it. In a quite remarkeable story, the NGV acq ..
Melborn and Sideny
Melborn and Sideny"- The Idlers Five (CBS, 1968) -- Australian Top 40 hit, March 1968 Vocal folk quintet The Idlers Five enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1960s, but they are now virtually for ..
Like many cities, Melbourne has its share of iconic clocks that Melburnian's know where to find when they need to tell the time. Melbourne CBD Flinders Street Station: Our best-known clocks ..
The City of Melbourne's flag features the coat of arms, with the bull, whale, ship and the fleece hanging from a red ring. They are in the four quarters of the Cross of St George, with the Royal C ..
Melbourne History on the Line
⊜ Rouse Street, Port Melbourne
At first glance, this is a rather plain black & white photograph of Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) taken in 1873 except if you look closer, you will see something quite remarkable. A rotary cloth ..
Melbourne International Gateway
Travelling on the CityLink motorway you will pass under 39 large red poles and an enormous yellow pillar tilted over the traffic below. The 70-metre yellow steel beam and the accompanying 39 red " ..
Melbourne Our Town
Debuted at the 2015 Melbourne Day Concert by Soli Tesema Melbourne Our Town Melbourne is our town Melbourne is our city Come on, take the tram around Look at all the beauty Underneath the So ..
Melbourne Song | Lyrics and music by Bettina Spivakovsky Melbourne is our town Melbourne is our city Come on, take the tram around Look at all the beauty Underneath the Southern skies And toge ..
Melbourne to Celebrate Historic Flight
For the people of Melbourne in 1858, it must have been as mind-blowing as watching man land on the moon. On February 1, 1858, Australia's first successful hot air balloon flight took off from Cremo ..
Melbourne | Derbyshire England
Melbourne is a small and attractive market town in a delightful part of South Derbyshire, England. It is about eight miles south of Derby and two miles from the River Trent. It contains a good range o ..
Melbourne | ideal place for a film about the end of the world
If you are like me, you have always wondered whether Ava Gardner actually said.. Melbourne was the ideal place for a film about the end of the world. Then I spotted this article in TheAge, which an ..
Lets look at all things miniature in Melbourne. Mini Melbourne Scienceworks Melbourne We start with the best Miniature Melbourne, the creation at Scienceworks that has kids (+ big kids) ent ..
Any memory of Melbourne and icecream must include Mr Whippy. I have wonderful memories of Mr Whippy vans. Hearing the music brings back memories of youth, summer, friends and mum, can we have ic ..
Native Australian Animals in Melbourne
Melbourne's parks and gardens contain a wide variety of native animals... A study in Royal Park in 1999 revealed the presence of significant fauna species including the large forest bat, gold-heade ..
The Nylex Clock is one of Melbourne's iconic signs positioned on top of storage silos in Cremorne, Richmond next to the Yarra River and the Monash Freeway. The Nylex Clock displays the time and tem ..
Oldest Building in Melbourne
⊜ 326 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
What is the oldest surviving building in Melbourne? There are two answers to the question: What is the Oldest Building in Melbourne? It depends on where the building was originally constructed. C ..
Oldest Hotel in Melbourne
⊜ 34 Franklin Street Melbourne
The oldest hotels in Melbourne were all licensed in 1853 and believe it or not are still operating as hotels today. Duke of Wellington According to the Tetlow Index, Melbourne's oldest hotel is th ..
Olympic Flame Hoax
Seeing this iconic picture postcard of Ron Clarke lighting the Olympic cauldron at the M.C.G in 1956 reminded me of two bits of trivia. Firstly, the well known fact that Ron Clarke had burnt his ..
Our Melbourne [ourmelbourne]
⊜ Our Melbourne [ourmelbourne] Melbourne
We simply wanted to see if we could get the term Our Melbourne [ourmelbourne] ranked as a search term @ Google or Yahoo. It was suggested that Our Melbourne or www.ourmelbourne.com.au would have be ..
P Turn | Remote Right Turn
The P Turn allows the driver to make a right turn by going through the intersection, make a U turn into the left lane, then make a left turn. How to do a P-turn on Hoddle Street To go right from ..
Peters Ice Cream
Peters Ice Cream was founded in 1907 by American Fred Peters in Manly. In 1927 his Peters American Delicacy Company opened a Melbourne factory in Meyers Place, Melbourne followed by a factory in R ..
Polly Waffle is an Australian chocolate bar, a waffle wafer tube filled with marshmallow and coated in compound chocolate. Hoadley's Chocolates made the first Polly Waffle bar in Melbourne in 1947, ..
Raoul Wallenberg Memorial | Kew
⊜ corner of Princess Street and Studley Park Road, Kew
Sitting waiting for the traffic lights at Kew Junction, we see an interesting stone memorial to Raoul Wallenberg with a curious inscription. RAOUL WALLENBERG 1912 - Who is/was Raoul Wallenberg ..
Red Fox | Melbourne
The city of Melbourne is regarded as the fox capital of the world. Depending on what you read, living in Melbourne, you are never more than 50 metres away from a fox. Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes Re ..
⊜ Corner Bridge Rd and Stawell St Richmond
Reading an old book about the Menzies Hotel, I was suprised to read there once was a racecourse in Richmond. The racecourse was bounded by Bridge Road, Westbank Terrace and Stawell Street. Descr ..
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