Monday, August 30, 2010

It's our Birthday

Today we turned 175 years old.
I thought I would do a quick post drawing some quotes from the Internet news today. It's amazing to realise we as such a young city, now have a population of 3 million people of many different cultures. These cultures give Melbourne a rich choice of cuisines that Melbourne is famous for.

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle was reported as saying,
"I think I would be really happy if people stopped for a moment and thought what is it that makes our city great," he said.
"We're one of those rare cities who can actually name the real date. That's when we can actually nominate the moment when white settlers stepped onshore and started construction of some small huts."

From the website - "Melbourne today" announced the following,
Monday August 30, 2010, represents a milestone in Melbourne's history, marking 175 years since the city's founding - the day the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 1835.

The Enterprize lands on the banks of the Yarra River, 1835
This pioneering group was led by Captain John Lancey with Launceston builder George Evans and his servant Evan Evans, carpenters William Jackson and Robert Hay Marr, ploughman Charles Wise and blacksmith James Gilbert and his wife Mary making up the party.

Founding fathers of Melbourne - John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner

It was on 30 August 1835 that these first settlers landed and commenced with the building of a thatched storage hut and the clearing of land along the north bank of the Yarra River. This location today is known as Enterprize Park where Williams Street and Flinders Street meet near the old Customs House.
The people of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners of the land that became Melbourne, including the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung and Djadjawurrung people, who gathered in this place for ceremonies and cultural activities.
Melbourne Day celebrates more than just the day the city was founded. It represents the point at which the proud community of Melbourne began.
And it is a day to celebrate all that makes Melbourne one of the world's most liveable cities.

The spot where the Enterprize sailed up the Yarra River and founded the City of Melbourne.

Happy 175th Birthday Melbourne


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    Melbourne boomed during the Gold Rush days 1850s - was that the same for California?

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