2019 Junior Lord Mayor finalists (L to R): Jacqui O'Donnell, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew; Daniel Papadopoulos, Boroondara Park Primary School (front); Rachel Arnold, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew (rear); Scarlett Sadler, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ocean Grove (front); Sophie Peters, Montmorency South Primary School (rear); Zara Wilson, Mentone Girls' Secondary College.
Meet the 2019 Junior Lord Mayor
Congratulations to Sophie Peters, 12, for winning the Melbourne Day competition.
Sophie, from Montmorency South Primary School, edged out a strong field of finalists, chosen from a record number of entries.
"I would help young kids like myself have a voice of their own," she said.
"I think this young generation has many great ideas for the future.
"I love that in Melbourne all different cultures come together and share their food, customs and fashion."
Sophie was "sworn in" at Melbourne Town Hall on 21 August. Her Worship holds the title for a year — wearing the mayoral robes and chains, marching with competition finalists in the Moomba Parade and performing official and fun duties with Lord Mayor Sally Capp, pictured left.
Thank you to everyone who entered.
Congratulations to the finalists:
- Scarlett Sadler, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ocean Grove
- Sophie Peters, Montmorency South Primary School
- Rachel Arnold, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
- Daniel Papadopoulos, Boroondara Park Primary School
- Zara Wilson, Mentone Girls' Secondary College
- Jacqui O'Donnell, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
- Lord Mayor Sally Capp
- Channel Nine TV reporter Allan Raskell
- Radio 3AW presenter Denis Walter
- 13cabs head of client services Simon Purssey
- Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker
- Australia Day ambassador and Melbourne Day Committee member Claude Lombard
A tradition is born: Outgoing Junior Lord Mayor Chloe Amalfi, right, hands a personal letter to incoming little big boss of Melbourne, Sophie Peters.
Team Melbourne: Junior Lord Mayor Competition judges and finalists. Photo: Danny D'Mello Photography
Junior Lord Mayor judges (L to R): 13cabs' Simon Purssey, Radio 3AW presenter Denis Walter, Channel Nine TV reporter Allan Raskell, Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker, Australia Day ambassador and Melbourne Day Committee member Claude Lombard, and Melbourne Day deputy chair and judging master of ceremonies Sue Stanley. Photo: Danny D'Mello Photography
No fear: Finalist Scarlett Sadler from Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ocean Grove, charming the judges. Photo: Danny D'Mello Photography
Now in its seventh year thanks to partner 13cabs, the free competition — for students aged 10 to 13 years — aims to raise awareness about Melbourne, instil civic pride and highlight Melbourne's journey since being founded in 1835.
Junior Lord Mayor winners rock the Moomba Parade
City royals at the 2019 Moomba Parade (L to R): Melbourne Day committee member and Australia Day Ambassador Claude Lombard; Moomba King and Melbourne Victory star Archie Thompson; Junior Mayor winners Ned Capp, Chloe Shovelar and Junior Lord Mayor Chloe Amalfi (wearing mayor chains); Moomba Queen, meteorologist and Channel Seven weather presenter Jane Bunn; Alicia Gec and Isabella Di Natale.
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Lords of cool Honour Roll
2019: To be announced on 21 August 2019
2018: Chloe Amalfi, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
2017: Sienna Koop, St Louis de Montford s Primary, Aspendale. Read about Sienna
2016: Mason Dwyer, St Louis de Montfort's Primary, Aspendale. Read about Mason
2015: Claire McDaniel, 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
It can be overwhelming entering the Junior Lord Mayor competition. So, thanks to the journaling website ANECDOTE, our lords of cool get to record and have a keepsake of their experience.
The online tool is an easy and fast way to capture reflections, thoughts and feelings of their judging ceremony adventure at Melbourne Town Hall, getting VIP treatment at Melbourne Day birthday celebrations on 30 August, doing media calls, staring in the Moomba Parade and performing other fun activities over the year.
Powerful yet fun and easy-to-use, the tool promotes good writing habits, clarity of thought and getting organised — just what every teacher wishes of students. And it sends helpful reminders for when life gets too busy, busy, busy.
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 the transport is 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", including Gilbert, the Tassie tabby, our city's first cat.
Teachers, contact us via this form.
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
The resources and ideas below can be used in classrooms, child care centres, kindergartens — and by parents at home.
- See also the other celebrations on the Events page.
- Free and fun activities are available as downloads on the Join in page.
Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne e-book — learn who founded Melbourne
Free education resource: purr-fect for classrooms
Ideal for students in Years 3 to 6
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.
Gilbert takes you on a captivating journey, explaining in a fun and engaging way the story of how Melbourne started.
It is suitable for use by students in Years 3 to 6, and features a variety of activities to get students thinking and embracing history.
It comes with a separate Education Kit support guide (see below) for teachers, if needed, to get in classrooms the most out of the e-book.
Developed by Dr Jo Clyne at History Teachers' Association of Victoria Opens in new window and Melbourne Day Committee, the colourful e-book is ideal as a teaching aide in classrooms and an activity for parents to use at home — to bring to life the Melbourne story, and capture students' imaginations about history.
Or read Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne in your browser as a flipbook.
Bring to life the Melbourne story and captivate students about history
Why teachers should use Gilbert and the Guardians e-book
Author and historian Dr Jo Clyne explains why the resource has 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
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 students' questions answered. Incursions are free thanks to Melbourne Day Committee's schools education program, and are tailored for different age groups.
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 with special sections for students and teachers.
The Changing face of Victoria exhibition
The library's The Changing face of Victoria free and permanent exhibition brings together more than 220 fascinating historical artefacts, photographs, drawings, maps, letters and diaries to tell the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped life in Victoria.
Free guided tours are available for schools.
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 Level 5, the exhibition is open Friday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm, and Thursday 10am to 9pm, except for public holidays.
Also, discover the people and events that shaped Victoria's colonial history in the library's "Colonisation" online gallery, including:
- Objects from early European contact and settlement
- Documents and illustrations by early colonists
- The establishment of the city of Melbourne.
- See also the online resource showcasing The Changing face of Victoria exhibition. Opens in new window
Melbourne Town Hall tours
Free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall are available weekdays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Yikes! Ghosts in our city's oldest park? Find out on this tour of Flagstaff Gardens
Things that go bump in the bushes — and more secrets
Hear spoooooky ghost stories about the gardens' past as a cemetery, its crucial yet forgotten role in shaping Melbourne as a signalling station and more on this guided tour by Royal Historical Society of Victoria experts. If you dare!
Learn also Flagstaff Hill's place in Melbourne’s topography, pre-European history and its fascinating role as a magnetic and meteorological observatory.
It's an absolute "must do" for understanding the history and character of Melbourne.
Hidden Secrets Tours
School tours available, too.
Melbourne's tall ship Enterprize
The Enterprize is the focal point of the spectacular Melbourne Regatta, held annually during Melbourne Day week.
Few class excursions are as exciting and engaging as setting sail on the Enterprize.
Metro Trains' education program
Metro’s Dumb Ways to Die Opens in new window is a highly-acclaimed and award-winning "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
The inquiry units Opens in new window explore the historical significance of places, people and ideas in Victoria.
They are based on the e5 Instructional Model Opens in new window 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, was produced especially for schools by the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Day Committee.
It includes a teachers' guide, student materials and activity sheets to bring to life the story of how Melbourne started.
Melbourne Museum's The Melbourne Story
The exhibition features more than 1200 objects from Museum Victoria’s collection, making it the most complete and object-rich exhibition about Melbourne ever staged.
Come nose to nose with legendary racehorse Phar Lap, ride in a restored Luna Park Big Dipper carriage, step into workers' houses from the 1890s and hear the sounds of Melbourne's music scene. See how where you live evolved from traditional Kulin lands to the suburbs of today.
Museum Victoria’s Marvellous Melbourne online exhibition
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 online tour.
The City of Melbourne's History of a city Opens in new window
Port Phillip Pioneers Group Opens in new window, representing descendants of Melbourne's pioneers
Foundation and Early History Opens in new window, from eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, a Melbourne University School of Historical Studies online resource
Port Phillip District Opens in new window 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 the Join in page.
Melbourne Day FAQs
All you need to know about Melbourne Day and the founding of our city: FAQs, facts and more, see the About page