Melbourne History

By smyrf
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    Melbourne key events

  • John Batman 'buys' Melbourne

    John Batman 'buys' Melbourne
    John Batman tried to negoiate a business deal with the local Aboriginies. He bought the land in and around Melbourne for a couple of blankets. There is stll resentment around this issue, as the Aboriginies and Batman shared no common language.
  • Melbourne becomes a city

    Melbourne becomes a city
    Melbourne is declared a city by Queen Victoria. Hopefully, this amused her.
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital opens

    Royal Melbourne Hospital opens
    It was named the Melbourne Hospital.
  • Victoria becomes a colony, separate from New South Wales

  • Beginning of the Gold Rush

    Beginning of the Gold Rush
    The Gold Rush meant that Melbourne became one of the richest places in the world. It brought a new wave of migration. It meant that the crime rate went up though, so there was a need for more prisons, which is why the Old Melbourne Gaol wa built.
  • Melbourne University founded

    Without tertiary education, students had to travel to get education for more advanced couriers.
  • Queen Vic markets

    Queen Vic markets
    Queen Vic markets remain a tourist attraction to this day, but the actual markets are on top of a graveyard. Whilst most bodies were exhumed, there are still 9000 people buried there, many Aboriginals.
  • NGV opened

    The NGV has exhibitions from all over the world.
  • Melbourne's population reaches 125'000 people

    That was a great benchmark for Melbourne to have reached.
  • Batman's hill leveled

    Batman's hill was an iconic part of Melbourne.
  • City streets first lit by electric lighting

    Using new technology as major as electricity meant that Melbourne was seen as a modern place.
  • Current Flinders street station building built

    Flinders street station is an iconic building. One look at it, and you know you're in Melbourne
  • Domed reading room in the State Library opened

    The domed reading room is an attraction of the state library.
  • Traffic lights installed on Collins and Swanston st.

    Traffic lights increased the safety of all road users.
  • Cable tram service terminated

    Cable trams were remembered by many with glossy eyes; they represented a fond time in Melbournes history.
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl opened

    The Sidney Myer Music Bowl brings in heaps of young people, listening to their favourite bands. It is always very busy, and the events hosted there are very popular.
  • Puffing Billy opened as a tourist attraction

    Puffing Billy is a huge tourist attraction, bringing in that all important tourist dollar.
  • Colour television introduced

    Who didn't love the change that colour television brought. It revolutionised Dr. Who FOREVER! The invention of colour television is a commonly used marker to determine periods of time. "Oh Mum, when was your first kiss?" "Well darling, back when tv was black and white, we were watching this show..."
  • Car bombing kills police officer

    Honour among crims. The cops are only doing their job. When a cop gets killed, it shatters a community. When a cop gets killed, a nation mourns. The crims know that they don't kill the cops.
  • Rialto tower completed

    Rialto tower, now Eureka tower, is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere, being a huge attraction.
  • Melbourne observation deck in Rialto towers opened

    Eureka skydeck is the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere. It is a major tourist attraction for Melbourne, and it brings in a great deal of tourist dollar.
  • Dockland development begins

    Docklands is an urban renewal project, being to bring people in to the city to live. Currently, Melbourne is seen as a dead city, a city that shuts down at night. Docklands aims to end that.
  • Docklands stadium built

    Docklands stadium was renamed Colonial Stadium, then Telstra Dome, then Etihad Stadium. It brought people into the city and kept cash flowing.
  • Melbourne 2030 planning poily introduced

    Aimed to bring more people it the city to live, therefore curbing urban sprawl. Promising a 20% increase for pubic transport use.