Celebrating 183 marvellous years

Enterprize Park, 10.30am, 30 August

Welcome to Country by the Boon Wurrung, First People of the Bays (Port Phillip and Westernport) and South East Victoria

Lord Mayor Sally Capp and city councillors

Junior Lord Mayor 2018 competition winner

Flag-raising ceremony

Free Ferguson Plarre cupcakes

Showbag give-aways

Town Crier Philip Greenbank

And more!

Melbourne Day flag raising ceremony and celebrations

Melbourne Day 2018 celebrations Enterprize Park

Free cupcakes... and all that (fabulous) jazz

Wesley College jazz band and Jack Howard at Melbourne Day

We're tooting our horn with note-worthy help from music legend Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) and the high-octave Wesley College Jazz Ensemble.

Creativity Australia at Melbourne Day

Stage School Australia at Melbourne Day

Meet our "first settlers" — and Gilbert, Melbourne's first cat

Melbourne first settlers plus Gilbert, Melbourne's first cat

On 30 August meet our "first settlers" a.k.a the Enterprize Re-enactment Crew — including Gilbert, the Tassie tabby, our city's first cat!

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Revisiting Carlo Catani

Royal Historical Society of Victoria's annual, Melbourne Day public lecture

By Dr Bill Russell on the legacy of one of Melbourne's greatest civil engineers

Carlo Catani

Florentine-born Public Works Department engineer Carlo Catani died 100 years ago in July 1918. He was one of Melbourne's greatest engineers.

He is revered for shaping St Kilda's foreshore, changing the Yarra's course and mitigating annual floods, planting the avenue of trees along Alexandra Avenue, draining Koo Wee Rup swamp and opening South Gippsland. He spent nearly 40 years in the public service.

Former RHSV president Bill Russell, who served as Director General in Catani's old department, will consider whether Catani deserves a posthumous promotion or a retrospective reprimand.

About Bill Russell

Dr EW (Bill) Russell studied history at the University of Melbourne before obtaining a Diploma of Archive Studies from University College, London, in 1973 and was the first Victorian archivist to hold formal qualifications in archives. His doctorate in history at Monash University, completed in 1980, was based on records in PROV. He has worked in the Commonwealth and Victorian public services. In 1982, Dr Russell was appointed Secretary for Minerals and Energy and Commissioner, State Electricity Commission, and in 1985 he became Director General, Department of Property and Services. In 1988, he was Professor and Director, Public Sector Management Institute at Monash, one of five professorial positions he occupied at various universities. His last position was as Professor and Director of the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport at the University of Melbourne.  Bill is currently busy as Secretary of the non-profit advocacy group of which he is co-founder, the Rail Futures Institute Inc.

Where: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett St, city.

When: 30 August, 2018. Noon drinks for 12:30pm start.

Cost: Members FREE, $10 non-members.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/WRNK

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Ghosts in our city's oldest park? Find out on this tour of Flagstaff Gardens

Flagstaff Gardens tour

Things that go bump in the bushes — and more secrets

Royal Historical Society of Victoria logoHear 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.

When: Thursday, 30 August, 2018. 11am to noon

Cost: Members FREE, $10 non-members

Where: Tour starts at the RHSV, 239 A’Beckett St, city

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/XHMD

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Immigration Museum — special tour

Immigration Museum - Old Customs House

Look at me now: Old Customs House restored to its former glory.

View of Enterprize Park from Old Customs House in 1858

Boom town: The view in 1858 of Enterprize Park (then Melbourne Port) from Old Customs House. Source: National Library of Australia. Photo: Samuel Thomas Gill.

Immigration Museum — Old Customs House: a place of significance for all Victorians

After the Melbourne Day celebrations and flag-raising ceremony, head across the street for a unique walking tour.

For indigenous people, this site is of cultural significance and was a place of settlement long before Europeans first arrived in 1835 —  and other migrants in the following 183 years.

Explore the colourful and fascinating development of early Melbourne and this precinct’s importance to the people of the Kulin Nation.

The 45-minute tour has a capacity of 20, on a first-come-first-served basis.

When: Melbourne Day, Thursday, 30 August, 12.30pm

Tour: 45 minutes, Immigration Museum at Old Customs House, Flinders St

Website: Immigration Museum

Cost: Adults $15, under 16 and concession holders free

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Fly for half price — Melbourne Day superstar deal

Melbourne Star Melbourne Day 50 per cent discount deal

Celebrate Melbourne's birthday with half-price flights on the Melbourne Star!

Book at MelbourneStar.com, use promotional code melbday50 and get a 50 per cent discount!

Tickets can be purchased now and are valid to 30 August 2018.

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Koorie Heritage Trust — guided walking tours

Koorie Heritage Trust walking tours tile

Learn about our Aboriginal history and the impact of European arrival on the people of the Kulin nation, the traditional owners of this land, who have lived here for tens of thousands of years.

The trust has a range of fantastic guided walking tours of the Melbourne CBD, led by a friendly Koorie guide.

There's also a Wominjeka (Welcome) Tour of the Trust, which explains the Trust's history and the design features of the building and collection treasures.  

No time for a tour? Pop instead into the Trust to see temporary and permanent exhibitions.

When: Throughout August, and the rest of the year.

Full details, bookings: http://koorieheritagetrust.com.au/cultural-education/tours/

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What's on 2018

Free cupcakes, flag-raising and celebrations: 30 August

Revisiting Carlo Catani, Royal Historical Society of Victoria lecture

Flagstaff Gardens guided tour, the historic heart of the city

Immigration Museum — Old Customs House special tour

50 per cent tickets deal — Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Koorie Heritage Trust — guided walking tours

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