Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy 176th Birthday Melbourne!!

Today Aug 30 marks 176 years of the city's founding – the day the first settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 1835.

The replica Enterprize, launched in 1997

To commemorate this day, here’s a few quick historical facts about the birthday city ..

  • The location where the settlers first landed is today known as Enterprize Park where Williams Street and Flinders Street meet near the old Customs House.
  • The settlers came from Launceston Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen’s Land) in search of new land on which to graze their sheep.
  • Melbourne was named after former British Prime Minister - William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.
  • The 1st Commonwealth Parliament was opened on 9 May 1901, at 12 p.m. in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne.


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