Significant Events in Melbourne's History

  • Melbourne is founded by John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner

    A treaty was made between the Aboriginal 'Kulin Nation' and the two men, John Batman and John Pascoe Fawner. The treaty involved trading 60,000 acres of land for lots of tools and helpful items.
  • The Hoddle Grid

    The streets of the Central Buisiness District are surveyed by Robert Hoddle. It covers the area from Flinders Street to Queen Victoria Market, and from Spencer Street to Spring Street.
  • Melbourne declared a city by Queen Victoria

    When Melbourne was declared a city, it also become the centre and capital of Victoria. It started growing rapidly.
  • Melbourne's population reaches 125,000

    This was considered a milestone for Victoria.
  • First Melbourne Cup

    Known as 'the race that stops the nation', this race is famous around the world. It is traditionally held on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse.
  • The Commonwealth of Australia is formed. Melbourne becomes national capital

    Because of its population and stability Melbourne was chosen, but the title was later given to Sydney and then to Canberra.
  • First Moomba Parade

    Now Australia's largest and longest running free festival and it is run to celebrate Aboriginal culture.
  • The Olympic Games held in Melbourne.

    The Olympic Games held in Melbourne.
    With 67 nations competing, the Olympics came to Melbourne for the first time and brought a whole lot of tourists with them.
  • Development of the Docklands area begins

    The billion dollar ever growing and expanding development begins, hoping to attract city dwellers. It is expected to be completed by 2015.
  • Victorian bushfires around Melbourne

    The worst fires in the history of the city, and definitely one of the worst Summers for Melbournians.