'Let's make Melbourne a better place to live'

Mayor Mason's first decree

With thanks to 13CABS, our competition partner

Junior Lord Mayor 2016 Mason Dwyer and town crier Ian Morrison
Mason Dwyer and
town crier Ian Morrison

Awesome, must-hear interview

If there's one interview you listen to all year, make it this one!

Listen now: Mason's radio 3AW interview with host Denis Walter, and guest Channel Nine's Peter Hitchener (8:00, MP3)

Mason Dwyer, 11, is the 2016 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He was the outstanding candidate from six excellent finalists.

The school captain is a keen environmentalist, loves the city's architecture, its landmark buildings, food and people.

He barracks for AFL side St Kilda, is a keen runner, and he's a recycling and environmental advocate.

His big ticket is fixing Melbourne's homeless issue.

"Homelessness is a problem the world faces, not just our city. I'm here to try to help with that," the little big boss of Melbourne told 3AW.

His favorite building is the Eureka tower, and loves Eureka Skydeck.

"I want to cure homelessness and make Melbourne a greener city full of grass and trees to make everyone happier, and make Melbourne a better place to live. I want to make the world a better place."

The other finalists were Maximus Debski, from St Mary’s, Ascot Vale; Zaci Zdraveski, Sandridge School, Williamstown; Stephanie Bridges, Menzies Creek PS; Alice Casey, Genazzano College; and Simona Crivelli, Genazzano College.

Judging was held in the historic council chamber at Melbourne Town Hall. Our judges were: 

The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to students in grades five to seven and aims to educate Victorians about the city and its history.

Melbourne Day Junior Lord Mayor photos

Top marks: Channel Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener with Mason (top left). Awarding the finalists (top right). The judges hard at work (bottom left). Getting some tips for the year ahead as the little big boss of Melbourne from the big boss, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (bottom right).  

2016 Junior Lord Mayor group photo

Class of 2016: Simon Pursey from 13CABS (back left); Channel Nine's Peter Hitchener; Melbourne Day Chairman Campbell Walker; City of Melbourne's Katrina McKenzie; (front left) Zaci Zdraveski, Sandridge School, Williamstown; Maximus Debski, St Mary’s, Ascot Vale; Stephanie Bridges, Menzies Creek PS; Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer, St Louis de Montforts, Aspendale; Simona Crivelli, Genazzano College; Alice Casey, Genazzano College; and town crier Ian Morrison.

Previous Junior Lord Mayors

2016: Mason Dwyer, from St Louis de Montfort's Primary, Aspendale.

2015: Claire McDaniel, from Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak. Read about Claire

2014: Ebony Chiazor, Stella Maris Primary School, Point Cook. Read about Ebony

2013 (inaugural year): Abigail Dinan, Stella Maris Primary School, Point Cook. Read about Abigail

Teachers, hold your best class in 182 years

The resources and ideas below can be used in classrooms, child care centres, kindergartens — and by parents at home.

See also the other celebrations being planned in Events.

Free fun activities are available as downloads as well. See Join in.

Education Kit

Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne

Free classroom resource: learn who founded Melbourne
To be used in conjunction with the Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne e-book (see below)

Education kit: Download it now! (PDF)

Education kit - Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne

Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne: purr-fect for classrooms

Free e-book: learn who founded Melbourne. Download it meow! (PDF)

Or read it online as a flipbook. Start flipping, go!

Guardians of Melbourne e-book

Students will love learning about their city through the eyes of Gilbert, Melbourne's first cat — the Tassie tabby who arrived on the Enterprize with the first settlers.

Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne tells the story of Melbourne, including Aboriginal history, via a series of city "guardians", or historical landmarks, representing culture, industry, events and other elements that have shaped Melbourne.

Developed by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and Melbourne Day Committee, the engaging and colourful e-book is ideal for teachers to use in classrooms and parents at home.

Download it now FREE here or view it online as a flipbook, start flipping, go! It is also available from the HTAV.asn.au website. It's a big file: please be patient if downloading the PDF.

Bringing Melbourne Day to you

Book your FREE school incursion today!

Melbourne at 180: still marvellous

Our experts are visiting schools to talk about the city's founding, the Junior Lord Mayor Competition, how students can get involved, and more!

Get all your questions answered. Incursions are free and tailored for different age groups.

Email your details to Education@MelbourneDay.com.au to book a speaker, or use our contact us form.

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Education resources

State Library of Victoria

Learn what life was like in colonial Melbourne, from the people who were there to see it happen. Discover Melbourne's criminal past, the history of Victoria's changing landscape, political events, gold rushes and the impact of the World Wars. All this and more is available at the state library's terrific Ergo website designed for students and teachers.

The changing face of Victoria free and permanent exhibition brings together historical artefacts, photographs, drawings, maps, letters and diaries to tell the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped life in Victoria over the past 200 years.

Items on regular display include key artefacts such as the Batman Deeds, the last notes of Burke and Wills and Ned Kelly's armour. Discover also the colourful story of jam making in 19th-century Marvellous Melbourne, see early photographs of the Princess Theatre, and learn about the often-forgotten role of women on the goldfields. Located in the library's Dome Galleries, the exhibition is open 10am to 5pm daily.

Melbourne Town Hall tours

Free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall are available week days and give visitors the chance to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building. Experience the grandeur of the wood-panelled Council Chamber, stand on the portico where the Beatles waved, sit in the Lord Mayor's chair and view the richly carved Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, the largest grand romantic organ in the southern hemisphere.

Bookings essential at townhalltour@melbourne.vic.gov.au

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Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Skydeck 88 - taking learning to a higher level

Education with altitude! Eureka Skydeck 88 offers school trips to the highest classroom in the southern hemisphere.

The landmark offers a host of educational activities and fascinating facts from the interactive displays on offer. An education co-ordinator can help plan the specific learning needs of your students.

More at the Skydeck education web page

Flagstaff Gardens tours

The oldest park in Melbourne and the highest vantage point for a long time, the gardens are a treasure trove of mystery and history. You can learn its secrets on a special Royal Historical Society of Victoria tour. Details in our Events section.

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Hidden Secrets Tours

Special, discounted tours during Melbourne Day week will be available! Discover the Melbourne many locals miss with the award-winning Hidden Secrets Tours. School tours available and bookings are essential at the special Melbourne Day page at HiddenSecrets.com

Melbourne's tall ship Enterprize

Re-live Melbourne's maritime history aboard the much-loved Enterprize. Sail Victoria Harbour and learn about the ship's role in Melbourne's founding. The Enterprize will be the focal point of the spectacular Melbourne Regatta. Details in our Events section.

Metro Trains' education program

Metro’s Dumb Ways to Die is a great "be safe around trains" awareness program. Metro also has experts who come to your school and community group to talk about safety, travel and trains.

Book and get a Melbourne Day party pack for your students. Email Metro Trains for details.

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Our Victorian Stories: inquiry units

State Library of Victoria's early Melbourne and Victoria teaching and learning resources are supported by a range of activities. The inquiry units explore the historical significance of places, people and ideas in Victoria. They are based on the e5 Instructional Model and align with the Australian Curriculum and AusVELS.

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Making of Melbourne resource kit

Who founded Melbourne? (PDF), part of The Making of Melbourne resource kit for schools, produced by the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Day Committee. It includes a teachers' guide, and student materials and activity sheets.

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Melbourne Museum's
The Melbourne Story

The Melbourne Story features more than 1200 objects from Museum Victoria’s collection, making it the most complete and object-rich exhibition about Melbourne ever staged.

Watch a video (6:47) of Melbourne Museum Curator Deb Tout Smith talking about the Melbourne Story.

Can't see the video? Try this link to the video on the Melbourne Story website.

Take a sneak peek at the Melbourne Story with this interactive virtual exhibition.

Museum Victoria’s
Marvellous Melbourne online tour

Learn more about how the city was founded and the early days, the gold rush, the 1880s boom, the 1956 Olympics, and more in this fabulous Marvellous Melbourne mini-site. Click here for more

See Melbourne Museum’s The Melbourne Story

And Museum Victoria's the Founding of Melbourne, 1835

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Further information

Download our eight-page "fact sheet" The Founding of Melbourne (PDF)

Visit the Royal Historical Society of Victoria

The City of Melbourne's History of a city

Port Phillip Pioneers Group, representing descendants of Melbourne's pioneers

Foundation and Early History, from eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, a Melbourne University School of Historical Studies online resource

Port Phillip District information about the early days of Melbourne and the Port Phillip District

Party pack

Free, fun Melbourne Day activities for teachers in classrooms, and parents at home, are available as downloads. See Join in.

Melbourne Day FAQs

All you need to know about Melbourne Day and the founding of our city: FAQs, facts and more, see About

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Schools program

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Class activities

List of previous Junior Lord Mayors

Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne Education Kit

Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne e-book

We'll come talk to your class



State Library of Victoria

Melbourne Town Hall tours

Eureka Skydeck 88

Flagstaff Gardens tours

Hidden Secrets tours

Tall ship Enterprize sails

Metro Trains' education program

Our Victorian Stories: inquiry units

Making of Melbourne resource kit

Melbourne Museum's
The Melbourne Story

Museum Victoria’s
Marvellous Melbourne online tour

Further information

Party pack

Free fun activities for teachers in classrooms or parents at home are available as downloads. See Join in.