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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Melbourne Day - 175 Years

It was on this day 30th August, 1835 that the city of Melbourne was founded - the day the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 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.

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.


And so we say Happy Birthday Melbourne - 175 Years.
The City of Melbourne had several events and attractions to mark this auspicious occasion.


Traditional Owners
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.

At City Square on the corner of Swantson and Collins Streets, was the birthday cake and entertainment.
Below is a photo of Wurundjeri dancers preparing to perform a traditional dance -


The Story of Creation - Bunjil the Creator


I took this with my camera yesterday - it is the story of creation and tells of Bunjil. This is part of the Dreamtime.



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.

Melbourne Day Song 30 August 2010
A special song was written to mark 175 years. This is the first public performance and is sung by Melbourne school children from various primary schools.


When I made this video yesterday, I tried to get all the children in the choir on here. Steven Spielberg I am not, but hopefully I will get better with practice.☺

Lyrics
Under blue skies
Southern Blue Skies
Melburnians always meet together
Under grey skies,
Southern Grey skies,
Melburnians meet in any weather.
The Wurundjeri
And the Boonerwrung
People of the Kulin Nation
We've had settlers here,
Welcomed migrants here,
People from all destinations.
More people who care!
More people who come
To share this day!



Melbourne then and now
The city has changed a great deal in the last 100 years or so. Today, Melbourne is a great city with a passion for life, a zest for living and the best place in Australia for fashion, dining, cultural and theatre events, sport and recreation. So come on down to Melbourne and enjoy a day in one of the most convivial of cities.


Today's Quote: When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it ~ Hugh Newell Jacobsen

10 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great post. Thank you so much! The second video is not playing.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Not sure why it didn't work for you, it worked for me. I've uploaded it again, so hopefully this time it will work for you.
Cheers.

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you. Working now. The kids are amazing!

~Just me again~ said...

Happy Birthday Melbourne! Great pics....man that cake looks good ;)

lewi14 said...

Happy Birthday to the young city of Melbourne! Wonderful photos!

Leeds Daily Photo said...

Happy Birthday Melbourne! Looking at that old photo its incredible what they built within 40 years of that first day and that first building, a hut. But then I have always found Australians to be people with a can do attitude. Paul

Davine said...

Happy Birthday to us. Thanks for the great information.

B SQUARED said...

A very Happy Birthday goes out to your fabulous city.

Leif Hagen said...

Happy Birthday, Melbourne, Happy Birthday! Looks like it was a wonderful celebration!

Jacob said...

What a wonderful tribute to Melbourne! Your photos and commentary are magnificent.

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.