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Melbourne Day 30th August

Alastair Taylor's picture

Happy Birthday Melbourne -

Is it time to soup this day up a bit? Not to be too negative but the website doesn't really scream inclusiveness.

22 more years until our Bicentenary!

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Chris Peska's picture

We better build a 400 metre tower by then to help celebrate!

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

From the Melbourne Day website:

The Founding of Melbourne

Melbourne was founded on 30 August 1835 by the settlers who sailed from Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on board the schooner Enterprize.

They landed on the north bank of the Yarra River, close to where Customs House stands today and the place now known as Enterprize Park.

The Melbourne Day Committee was established to help correct the record about the founding of Melbourne.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

Melbourne Day 2014  Simply the best

Join Melbourne's 179th birthday celebrations from 20 to 31 August.

We're celebrating with an all-ages free concert at Federation Square, a spectacular Docklands regatta, an Urban Explorer tour around town, a flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park, special offers, discounted tours, a corporate lunch — plus gifts to you from a range of cafés, restaurants and retailers in our Cheers! Melbourne event.

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Melbourne Day: Party on Yarra River to celebrate city’s 180th birthday

Melbourne celebrates its 180th birthday with an Enterprize re-enactment. Picture: Eugene Hyland

MELBOURNE made a splash as it took to the water to celebrate its 180th birthday in style.

Rivalling anything Sydney could offer, the world’s most liveable city celebrated Melbourne Day with a giant waterside party.

Today marks 180 years to the day when the Enterprize ship carrying the first European settlers sailed into the Yarra from Hobart.


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Prime Minister congratulates Melbourne on its 180th anniversary

Message from the Prime Minister

One hundred and eighty years ago the tall ship Enterprize sailed up the Yarra River.

Landing a party of five men, one woman, a cat, stores and livestock on the northern bank, a fledgling settlement was begun.

As the town rapidly grew, the motto Vires acquirit eundo – ‘we gather strength as we go’ – was chosen for its people.

Borne out over the years, the story of Melbourne’s development has been one of rapid growth, great progress and buoyant optimism.

Gold rushes, building booms, industry, innovation and migration have defined Melbourne’s history, and created the modern metropolis we know today. Now a vibrant hub of style, sport, arts and dining, Melbourne is the cultural heart of our nation, and one of the great cities of the world. As you celebrate Melbourne’s 180th anniversary, I offer my warmest congratulations to all its citizens.

Tony Abbott Prime Minister of Australia


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Free Melbourne Day lunchtime concert

Federation Square August 30, 2016, noon to 2pm

It's the birthday concert of the year.

• Ross Wilson: Eagle Rock plus other Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock classics.

• Jack Howard: Hunters & Collectors' anthem Holy Grail — and a special, new song he has written about Melbourne, especially for Melbourne Day, called Home is Where the Heart is. (The lyrics are here.)

• Lisa Edwards with Michael Cristiano: John Farnham's smash You're the Voice.

• Get your free birthday cupcake (while they last)!

• Cutting of a giant birthday cake, made by Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses.

• MC Craig 'Huggy' Huggins from GOLD104 FM.

• And more!

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Feel the pride at the official flag-raising ceremony, Enterprize Park.

Join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, city councillors, the 2017 Junior Lord Mayor, civic leaders and special guests as we salute the flag at 11am.

The event will be live on radio 3AW, with the station holding a special Melbourne Day outside broadcast of the Neil Mitchell Morning program from 8.30am to noon.

• Welcome to Country by highly acclaimed Aboriginal artist Stan "Yarramunua" Dryden.

• Hear the big sound of much-loved Victoria Police Pipe Band.

• Meet Melbourne's "first settlers" - the Enterprize re-enactment crew in period costume, including Gilbert, the Tassie tabby, our city's first cat.

• Hear our roving town crier in full voice.

And more! 

This is a free public event, school groups and families welcome. Bring the whole flock!

Enterprize Park, on the north bank of the Yarra River at the bottom of William St, is where the first Europeans landed on 30 August 1835 to start the first permanent settlement of Melbourne.

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 00:00
City of Port Phillip will this week indicate that it has sufficient reason to object to two pending projects in Port Melbourne. 17 Rocklea Drive and 365-391 Plummer Street are both within the Wirraway Precinct of Fishermans Bend, and both projects are under the authority of the Minister for Planning.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.