The History of Melbourne

By Grace3
  • The Yarra River

    The Yarra River
    The Yarra River was used for manny different reasons, it was a fresh water resource,a sweag system and now it is used for transportaion with River boats running along the River all day.
  • The first inhabitants of Port Phillip Bay

    The first inhabitants of Port Phillip Bay
    The first Europeans to enter the bay were the crews of the Lady Nelson, on Bebuary 15 1802. Subsequent expeditions into the bay took place in 1803 to establish the first settlement in Victoria, near Sorrento, but was abandoned in 1804.
  • John Batman

    John Batman
    In April 1835, a syndicate led by John Batman explored Port Phillip Bay, looking for suitable sites for a settlement. Batman claimed to have signed a 'treaty' with Aboriginal leaders, giving him ownership of almost 250,000 hectares of land.
  • John Batman's Treaty

    John Batman's Treaty
    Batman's Treaty was a document signed on 6 June 1835 by John Batman. The document came to be known as Batman's Treaty and is also considered significant as it was the first and only documented time when Europeans negotiated their presence and occupation of Aboriginal lands directly with the traditional owners.
  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush
    The new arrivals chased a single dream — gold. Thousands arrived daily. Lodging houses and hotels were packed to bursting point. Makeshift houses of iron, timber and canvas sprang up on the city's edge. Gold brought both progress and problems. Sudden wealth transformed a small port town into a frantic world centre. The wharves were constantly jammed with shipping, cargo and migrants disembarking. Society seemed to be turned upside down as diggers drank champagne from buckets and Irish maids
  • Land Boom in 1880's

    Land Boom in 1880's
    Visitors to Melbourne in the 1880s were amazed. Here in the Southern Hemisphere was a city larger than most European capitals. In just a decade the population had doubled, racing to half-a-million. Citizens strutted the streets, bursting with pride as their city boomed
  • Electricity in Melbourne

    Electricity in Melbourne
    Melbourne had become a wired city by 1910. Networks of pipes and cables coursed underground, drooped across streets and snaked up buildings. Increasingly the city was seen as a machine, tended by its engineers. The new systems changed the way the city worked. Stockbrokers and lawyers could telephone their clients. Clerks were elevated to their offices in lifts — Melbourne already had over 1000 by 1907.
  • The Great Depression in Melbourne

    The Great Depression in Melbourne
    Australia, with its extreme dependence on exports, particularly primary products such as wool and wheat, is thought to have been one of the hardest-hit countries in the Western world along with Canada and Germany.Unemployment reached a record high of 29% in 1932 (although 32% has also been quoted and gross domestic product declined by 10% between 1929 and 1931.There were also incidents of civil unrest, particularly in Australia's largest city, Sydney.
  • The Melbourne Olympic Games

    The Melbourne Olympic Games
    The impact of the Olympics would have had a huge boost on the economy after the great dperession. People would have come to Melbourne to see the Olympics, people would have paid to stay in hotels, bought food, transport, tickets for the events and more jobs for people. The introduction of TV would have created a great tourism opportunity.
  • The Development of the Dokclands

    The Development of the Dokclands
    The municipal management of Melbourne Docklands is transferred from VicUrban to the City of Melbourne with VicUrban continuing its role as the agency responsible for its development until the project is completed in around 2020