'Let's make Melbourne a better place to live'
Mayor Mason's first decree
With thanks to 13CABS, our competition partner
|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:
- Channel Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener
- City of Melbourne's Acting Director, City Economy and Activation, Katrina McKenzie
- Melbourne Day Chairman Campbell Walker
- Simon Pursey, Head of Client Services, 13CABS
- Judging MC Sarah Styring, Executive Officer, Melbourne Day Committee
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.
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).
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
Bringing Melbourne Day to you
Book your FREE school incursion today!
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.
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.
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Eureka Skydeck 88
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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