The Melbourne flag was raised, cupcakes demolished and Enterprize Wharf's pylons rattled to help mark our city's 183rd birthday.

Be proud, Melbourne. You're more marvellous and dazzling today than ever. Celebrate all that's great.

Junior Lord Mayor Chloe Amalfi handing our cupcakes

Winning style: Junior Lord Mayor Chloe Amalfi at the flag-raising ceremony.

Melbourne Day flag raising ceremony photos

Flag day: Jazz on the Yarra, raising the Melbourne flag, Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Junior Lord Mayor Chloe Amalfi with students and Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses' mascot Otto with fans. Photos: Vicki Walsh Photography

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Carlo Catani: thumbs up or down?

Carlo Catani Melbourne Day lecture

By Dr Bill Russell gave the annual Royal Historical Society of Victoria Melbourne Day lecture on the legacy of one of Melbourne's greatest civil engineers.

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

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, considered whether Catani deserved a posthumous promotion or a retrospective reprimand.


Yikes! Ghosts in our city's oldest park?

Flagstaff Gardens tour

Things that go bump in the bushes — and more secrets

Royal Historical Society of Victoria logo We heard 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 a guided tour by Royal Historical Society of Victoria experts.


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

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.

A special Melbourne Day tour explored the colourful and fascinating development of early Melbourne and this precinct’s importance to the people of the Kulin Nation.


Flying for half price — Melbourne Day superstar deal

We got a bird's-eye view of Melbourne with special half-price flights on Melbourne Star observation wheel.


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: Year-round.


Networking like a boss

Melbourne Business Network's Melbourne Day celebrations image with details

Tycoons, CEOs and other suits ran out of business cards at this special business community celebration at The Mint Bar. Melbourne Business Network dedicated its monthly networking PM Club to mark our city's 183rd birthday.


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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

Melbourne Business Network — special biz community celebration


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