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!
Deadline: 9 August 2018
Finalists announced: 13 August 2018
Judging: 20 August, Melbourne Town Hall
Drats! Missed out? No problem.
"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
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!
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.)
Lords of cool Honour Roll
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Also get it from the HTAV.asn.au 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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 are. Discover the Melbourne many locals miss with the award-winning Hidden Secrets Tours. School tours available. Book here 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 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.
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, produced especially for schools 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.
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.
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
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