Class of 2017: Finalists (L to R above) Abby Vogel, Sienna Koop, Mikayla Barnes, Julian Cugliari (rear), Alexandra Bardsley and Luke Zeliff.

Junior Lord Mayor Competition has closed

183 hugs and kisses to everyone who entered. Mwaaaah!

Key dates

Deadline: 9 August 2018
Finalists announced: 13 August 2018
Judging: 20 August, Melbourne Town Hall

Drats! Missed out? No problem.

Our judges

"It's exciting Melbourne Day Committee has a schools program and is investing in the future of our children, who will shape the Melbourne of the future." - Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Competition judges: Channel Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener; Lord Mayor Sally Capp; Dr Jo Clyne from History Teachers' Association of Victoria; Simon Purssey from 13cabs; MelbDay chair and judging MC Campbell Walker; and 3AW radio presenter Denis Walter.

About the competition

Junior Lord Mayor 2017 finalists at the Moomba Parade

You could be here: Reigning Junior Lord Mayor Sienna Koop (with mayoral chains) and competition finalists marching in the Moomba Parade with Moomba queen and king: breakfast radio host and Silver Logie winner Chrissie Swan, and children's entertainer Jimmy Giggle. Finalists (L to R): Alexandra Bardsley, Abby Vogel, Mikayla Barnes, Julian Cugliari, Her Worship Sienna Koop and Luke Zelif

Be the lord of cool
Win prize packs, hang with the Lord Mayor on official duties, march in the Moomba Parade, raise the official flag on Melbourne Day and more!

with thanks to 13CABS

Now in its sixth year, the competition aims to educate about Melbourne and showcase how far we've come as a city since being founded in 1835 — 183 years ago this 30 August.

It's free and open to Victorian students aged 10 to 13 years.

It's easy — students answer 10 questions about Melbourne. (Hint: answers can be found on this website.)

Previous Junior Lord Mayors

Lords of cool Honour Roll

Junior Lord Mayor list of winners

2018: Winner to be announced on 20 August 2018.

2017: Sienna Koop, from St Louis de Montford  s Primary, Aspendale. Read about Sienna 

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

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

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We want you: Free transport for school groups

Help us raise the flag — and we'll bus in your class, free!

We're calling on schools to attend the official flag-raising ceremony on Melbourne Day, 30 August, at Enterprize Park.

You organise a class excursion, and we'll organise your transport — on us, with lunch!

It's a fantastic way to get students of all ages learning about Melbourne and our city's history.

And meet Melbourne's "first settlers" — a.k.a the Enterprize re-enactment crew in period costume, including Gilbert, the Tassie tabby, our city's first cat.

Teachers, contact Melbourne Day executive officer Kathryn Izzard via this form or phone 0418 694 701.

Melbourne Day flag raising ceremony

Flag Day: Junior Lord Mayor 2016 Mason Dwyer and classmates from St Louis de Montfort's Primary, Aspendale; Victoria Police Pipe Band; Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Mason and Melbourne Day Chairman Campbell Walker; Enterprize re-enactment crew.

Teachers, hold your best class in 183 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.

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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

Suitable for students in Years 3 to 6

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

Primary school 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.

It can be adapted for use by students in Years 3 to 6 and provides a variety of activities across multiple intelligences.

Developed by Dr Jo Clyne at 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!

Also get it from the website. It's a big file: please be patient if downloading the PDF.

Why teachers should use Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne

Author and historian Dr Jo Clyne explains why the resource has an impact in classrooms.

"The book encourages students to think about historical perspectives and how much Melbourne has changed over time," Dr Clyne tells Agora, the HTAV's quarterly magazine.

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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.

To book a fee speaker, contact us.

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Education resources

State Library of Victoria

Learn what life was like in colonial Melbourne, from people who were there. 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. Join a free guided tour for your class. See also: The Changing face of Victoria online resource

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

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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 are. Discover the Melbourne many locals miss with the award-winning Hidden Secrets Tours. School tours available. Book here

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 is the focal point of the spectacular Melbourne Regatta, held annually during Melbourne Day week. 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, produced especially for schools 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.

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

The Melbourne Story.


Take a sneak peek of 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.

See Melbourne Museum’s The Melbourne Story

And Museum Victoria's the Founding of Melbourne, 1835

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Further information

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

About Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne

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.