Adventurers John Batman and John Fawkner located an area near present day Melbourne
in 1835 and decided to settle here. They purchased 240,000 hectares from
the local aboriginal tribes with nothing more than foodstuffs, some
knives a pair of scissors and some handkerchiefs.
Little did they know
that this simple successful trade on their part would result in the
establishment of a mighty metropolis with a population now nearing 4
million people, the second largest city in Australia. The early days of
Melbourne were simple enough however the city flourished under Fawkners
guidance. By 1840 the city had a population of 10,000 people. By 1851
they declared their independence from the NSW colonial government and
established Melbourne as the capital city of Victoria.
This same year (1851) saw the discovery of gold at
Ballarat. News spread quickly throughout Australia and the world,
bringing in an additional 100,000 people to Victoria. Industries and
service businesses were established and Victoria has never looked back.
Australias second city is
a place of contradictions and hidden charms. A leafy, bay side
community on the upside-down a brown Yarra River, it is
cosmopolitan, suburban, cultured, football crazy, well dressed, conservative and
a haven for the avant-garde.
to Melbourne for its shopping,
restaurants and nightlife, but above all, they come for the numerous state,
national and international events. The city plays host to many major events from
Australian Grand Prix,
Australian Open Tennis Championship
(January), The Comedy Festival (February), The International Festival that
includes the Writers Festival (October),
Football (during March to September and held around the country),
Festival, and many more.
Undoubtedly one of the most famous event in Melbourne is
The Melbourne Cup, held on the first Tuesday in November
each year. It is an event that stops the
nation for a few minutes each year to place a bet, have a drink, wear a
hat and dress up. Whatever your desire you will find it in wonderful Melbourne a city
of history, character, charm and style.
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