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Melbourne Day

Melbourne Day is an annual celebration that marks the founding of the great city of Melbourne on the 30th of August 1835.

Each year, there are many fun FREE events held throughout the Melbourne CBD, with a special concert held in Federation Square.

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Melbourne was founded by settlers from Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) at the behest of John Pascoe Faulkner on the famous ship, the Enterprize. Arriving on the banks of the Yarra River, these European settlers consisted of five men, one woman ( and one cat) arrived along the banks of the Yarra River and erected the first shelter in what would become the City of Melbourne.

The name ‘Melbourne’ came from the then Prime Minister of England, the 2nd Viscount of Melbourne. Since the founding of this great city, Melbourne has grown in leaps and bounds. It houses over 4 million residences and has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city time and time again.

To celebrate this wonderful city, there are many events planned, including the flag-raising ceremony, which is the official opening event of the festival held at Enterprize Park, Flinders Street; the Melbourne Day Concert, which is headlined by Australian music legends and held at Federation Square; as well as some giveaways, public lectures and a speech by the Lord Mayor.

The easiest way to get into the CBD to celebrate Melbourne Day is by taking public transport. Catch a train to Flinders Street Station and cross the road to Federation Square, where you will be right in the centre of the action.

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