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Melbourne's History

By bree001
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    Melbournes history

    a guide to Melbournes History from 1830-2030
  • First steps on Melbourne soil

    First steps on Melbourne soil
    John Pascoe Fawkner, son of a convict at Sorrento, sent out a
    launch party from Launceston in the search of Port Phillip Association’s project led by John Batman. Both parties claimed original settlement on land rising from the Yarra in the surrounding area of the present Immigration Museum (former Customs House).
  • Land bought

    Land bought
    John Batman trades for land along the Yarra River using blakets and pots and pans.
  • Settlement of Melbourne developing

    Settlement of Melbourne developing
    By the end of 1836, Melbourne consists of 13 buildings, 142 males and 35 females. First Church is built along with burial ground, wharf, library and police roam Melbourne. William lonsdale bulids first government block, declares Melbourne capital of the Port Phillip district and acts as the police magistrate.
  • Hoddles Grid

    Hoddles Grid
    Governor Richard Bourke visited from Sydney to inspect Melbourne, including Robert Hoddle’s survey and plan for Melbourne, named after Britain’s Prime Minister.
  • Cricket Club

    Cricket Club
    Melbournes Cricket Club is founded. Picture of the first Melbourne cricket team of aboroginies.
  • Charles LaTrobe and floods

    Charles LaTrobe and floods
    Throughout 1839, huge floods occured around Melbourne. Charles Joseph LaTrobe arrived as highly respected officer,
    lived at Jolimont and became Lieutenant Governor in 1851.
  • First market and seaport

    First market and seaport
    The first market and seaport is built in Melbourne. The first market was built on Collins Street.
  • First bridge

    First bridge
    First Princes Bridge constructed connecting both sides of the Yarra.The bridge connects Swanston Street on the north bank of the Yarra River to St Kilda Road on the south bank, and carries road, tram and pedestrian traffic.
  • City declared

    City declared
    On the 25th of June, Melbourne was declared a city by Queen Victoria. First Mayor was Henry Condell, Scottish brewer
  • First Hospital + bishop

    First Hospital + bishop
    The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), located in Parkville, Victoria an inner suburb of Melbourne is one of Australia’s leading public hospitals. Also in 1848, the first bishops arrived.Charles Perry was the first Anglican bishop. James Alipius Goold was the first Roman Catholic bishop.
  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush
    The beginning of the Victorian Gold Rush was in 1851 and brought many people from all around the world. It begun when gold was found at Buninyong.
  • Victoria, a Colony

    Victoria, a Colony
    Victoria becomes a colony, separate from New South Wales. Colony of Victoria established 1 July under a governor, an appointed Executive and a Legislative Council
    elected in September.
  • Gas and Gold

    Gas and Gold
    In 1852, immigrants from all of the world came upon Melbourne in search of succcess and wealth in the gold rush. In the same year the first gas works was built in port melbourne, the 'poor' area. These both had a massive impact to Melbourne itself, because it brought wealth from the gold fields and heat to the miners cottages around the city.
  • University

    Melbourne University was established by Hugh Childers by an 1853 act of the Victorian Parliament. Classes commenced in 1855 with three professors and sixteen students; of this body of students, only four graduated. It is the second oldest university in Australia and the oldest in Victoria. The main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the Melbourne CBD.
  • The year of 1854

    The year of 1854
    – Flinders Street Station building is completed
    – First steam railway 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 Age newspaper first published.
    – First telegraph service, to Williamstown
    – The first Town Hall is completed
  • First election in Melbourne

    First election in Melbourne
    First Legislative Assembly elections are held; parliament meets in new Spring St building. Also new Public Library, now State Library, opens in Swanston St.
  • Population grows

    Population grows
    Melbourne overtakes Sydney to become Australia's most populous city
  • Sport begins

    Sport begins
    First Test cricket match, between Australia and the MCC, at the MCG. First season of the Victorian Football Association.
  • Ned Kelly Hung

    Ned Kelly Hung
    Ned Kelly is a famous bushranger. He was born at Beveridge in 1854, Ned was to become known for his athleticism and bravery. His gang was Joe Byrne, Steve Hart and Dan Kelly. Ned Kelly was hung on 11th November 1880 and he was buried next to the Old Melbourne Gaol.
  • Devasting Floods

    Devasting Floods
    In the Great Flood of 1891, newspapers reported that the
    Yarra River rose 14 metres above its normal level in some
    areas. It flooded the riverside suburbs of Collingwood,
    Richmond and Prahran, and caused extensive damage.
    Approximately 3,000 people were left homeless.
  • Commonwealth of Australia

    Commonwealth of Australia
    Commonwealth of Australia invested, with colonies becoming
    States. Parliament opening at Exhibition Building. Melbourne the Federal capital until 1927
  • flights

    Piloted by French stunt pilot, Maurice Guillaux, it established commercial aviation in Australia in 1914, flying the first airmail from Melbourne to Sydney.
  • 1 million

    1 million
    Population reaches one million
  • Shrine of Remembrance

    Shrine of Remembrance
    Shrine of Remembrance opened on Armistice Day. 317,000 people attended
  • Severe Flooding

    Severe Flooding
    Severe flooding was widespread over the Yarra Valley,
    South Gippsland, and the LaTrobe Valley, with major stock,
    crop and property losses. There was at least 36 deaths
    attributed to the flood and some 400 houses and factories
    were flooded across Melbourne. This flood was noteworthy
    not only for its impact, but also because it occurred during a
    relatively dry period in Melbourne’s rainfall record.
  • Centenary

    Centenary of Melbourne celebrations includes opening of Macpherson Robertson bridge at Punt Road.
  • Post War migrants

    Post War migrants
    First group of postwar migrants arrive at Station Pier, Port
  • First Australian made car

    First Australian made car
    First Australian-made Holden car produced at Fisherman’s Bend.
  • Queen Elizabeth 2

    Queen Elizabeth 2
    HM Queen Elizabeth II visits during Australian tour.
  • Television

    HSV is a television station in Melbourne. It is part of the Seven Network, one of the three main commercial television networks in Australia, and its first and oldest station, having been launched in time for the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne.
  • Olympic Games

    Olympic Games
    The 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in Melbourne, Australia, in 1956, with the exception of the equestrian events, which could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. Instead, those events were held five months earlier in Stockholm. Sweden
  • Population

    • City’s population reaches 2m.
    • Monash University opened
  • Cricket and Footy Final

    Cricket and Footy Final
    Centenary Test Match won by Australia at Melbourne Cricket
    Ground. Victorian Football League grand final first televised live. North Melbourne19. 8 (122) def Hawthorn 9. 13 (67).
    Colour television involved
  • Arts Centre

    Arts Centre
    Melbourne Concert Hall opens completing Arts Centre complex
  • Dust Storm

    Dust Storm
    The 1983 Melbourne dust storm was a one off that occurred during the afternoon of 8 February 1983, throughout much of Victoria, Australia and affected the capital, Melbourne. Red soil, dust and sand from Central and Southeastern Australia was swept up and carried southeast through Victoria. Only eight days later, Ash Wednesday occured.
  • Major events of 1986 and 1987

    Major events of 1986 and 1987
    1986 – Car-bombing outside the Russell Street Police Headquarters kills one police officer
    1986 – Rialto Towers completed and becomes the city's tallest building as well as the tallest in the southern hemisphere
    1986 – Pablo Picasso's Weeping Woman is stolen from National Gallery of Victoria by activists. Returned a week later
    1987 – Hoddle Street Massacre, killing 7 and injuring 19.
    1987 – Queen Street Massacre, killing 8 and injuring 5.
  • Crown opens

    Crown opens
    Crown's current casino complex opened in 1997. It is one of the central features of the Southbank area in the central business district and the Crown Promenade fronts onto the waterfront as part of Southbank Promenade.
  • Commonwealth games

    Commonwealth games
    The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia between 15 March and 26 March 2006. It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, eclipsing the 1956 Summer Olympics in terms of the number of teams competing, athletes competing, and events being held.
  • 2007 World Aquatics Championships

     2007 World Aquatics Championships
    The 2007 World Aquatics Championships or the XII FINA World Championships were held in Melbourne, Australia from 17 March to 1 April 2007. The competition took place at three locations in central Melbourne: the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (diving and water polo), St Kilda Beach (open water), and Rod Laver Arena in a temporary pool christened the Susie O'Neill Pool (synchro and swimming).
  • Birthday

    Melbourne celebrates 175th birthday!
  • Sky Wheel

    After many complications the sky wheelios completed. Becomes major attraction and a very popular tourist destination
  • Bullet Train

    The 'Bullet' train will be completed and running between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Mono rail

    Melbourne completes a mono rail traveling around the CBD, to st kilda and north to prahan.