Key events in Melbourne

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    Melbourne timeline

  • Melbourne is founded

    Melbourne is founded by John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner
  • Hoddle grid surveyed

    The Hoddle Grid of streets for the central business district is surveyed by Robert Hoddle
  • Melbourne declared in the city

    Melbourne declared a city by Queen Victoria
  • Victora becomes a colony

    Victoria becomes a colony, separate from New South Wales
  • Victoran Gold Rush discovered

    Beginning of the Victorian gold rush with discovery of gold at Buninyong
  • The University of Melbourne is founded

    The University of Melbourne is founded
  • The Melbourne Terminus is completed

    The Melbourne Terminus (first Flinders Street Station building) is completed. First steam rail way journey in Australia from Melbourne Terminus (on the current site of Flinders Street Station) to Sandridge (later Port Melbourne)
  • The State Library of Victoria is founded

    The State Library of Victoria is founded
  • First state Governor Sir Charles Hotham inaugurated

    First state Governor Sir Charles Hotham inaugurated
  • Melbourne Museum is founded

    Melbourne Museum is founded
  • Queen Victoria Market is founded

    Queen Victoria Market is founded
  • City streets first lit by gas lighting

    City streets first lit by gas lighting
  • Melbourne's population reaches 125 000

    Melbourne's population reaches 125 000
  • National Gallery of Victoria is founded

    National Gallery of Victoria is founded
  • Melbourne overtakes Sydney to become Australia's most populous city

  • The current Town Hall begins construction

  • The Royal Mint is completed

  • Royal Exhibition Building opened

  • First cable tram line opens in the Melbourne cable tramway system

  • The current Town Hall is completed

  • City streets first lit by electric lighting

  • Construction of the current Flinders Street Station building begins

  • The Commonwealth of Australia is formed. Melbourne becomes national capital

  • Sydney recovers title from Melbourne as Australia's most populous city

  • First Australian Open championship

  • The General Post Office is completed

  • Current Flinders Street Station building is completed

  • The Domed Reading Room of the State Library is opened

  • Federal Parliament is moved to Canberra, the new national capital

  • Russell Street Police Headquarters building is completed

  • The Olympic Games held in Melbourne

  • Proposal to demolish Flinders Street station and replace it with office blocks.

  • The City Loop subway is opened

  • Rialto Towers completed and becomes the city's tallest building as well as the tallest in the southern hemisphere

  • Development of the Docklands area begins

  • Construction of the CityLink freeways begins

  • Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre opens

  • Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre opens

  • The new site for Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, Melbourne's first gambling centre opens

  • Bolte Bridge open for traffic.

  • New Melbourne Museum officially opened

  • The CityLink freeways open, including two new tunnels, a new cross-harbour bridge, and electronic tolling.

  • Docklands Stadium (later renamed Colonial Stadium, then Telstra dome, currently Etihad Stadium) completed

  • Commonwealth Games held.

  • Victorian bushfires around Melbourne – worst fires in the history of the city

  • Severe Thunderstorm 6 March, once in a century storm with 10 cm hail stones

  • Melbourne Celebrates 175th Birthday

  • introduced carbon tax proposal

  • Bourke Street redevelopment

  • world ends

  • cost of things will go up

  • caron tax begins

  • Myki system used for taxies

  • plans for trains to be mostly under gound are prposed

  • etihad stadium will be renamed

  • new tallest building

  • No more petrol cars- electric only

  • bullet train from melbourne to sydney

  • population increases by 1 million from 2011

  • public transport will be used more

  • existing residential areas will be protected