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10 Conversation Starters About Melbourne

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by Gen Wilson (subscribe)
A love of the weird and wonderful keeps me writing!
Published July 1st 2012
Swanston St
Did you know that the first traffic light in Australia was erected in Melbourne on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets?


So you're sitting having dinner at one of the many delightful restaurants in Melbourne and there is a lull in the conversation. You could:

a) Make an excuse and go to the bar.

b) Talk about the weather. OR

c) Maintain your reputation as a well-informed font of information and share these 10 bizarre facts about the city you are dining in.

Congratulations on choosing "c" and deciding to read on. Here's the list:

1) Melbourne's tram tracks stretch for 244 kms.

2) Dim Sims were first developed by Chinese chef William Wing Young who was living in Melbourne.

3) Up until 1966 all pubs in Melbourne closed at 6pm

pub
Did you know that Up until 1966 all pubs in Melbourne closed at 6pm?


4) The first traffic light in Australia was erected in Melbourne on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets.

5) Melbourne was the earliest capital of Australia between 1901 and 1927 before Canberra was decided upon.

6) The largest stain glass ceiling in the world is at the National Gallery of Victoria : International.

7) Melbourne has more cafes and restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Cafes
Did you know that Melbourne has more cafes and restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world?


8) Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba chose her stage name in honour of her beloved hometown Melbourne.

9) The Melbourne Cup racetrack at Flemington Racecourse is 3200 metres long.

10) Melbourne was known as Batmania Bearbrass before being named Melbourne.
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by gabri (score: 1|17) 2509 days ago
Awesome compilation of the facts..loved reading each of it and am sure these will help anyone in taking forward their conversations :)
by Madhumita Thakur (score: 2|202) 2509 days ago
Batmania Bearbrass wow. did not know!
by jessi119 (score: 1|13) 2509 days ago
Mmmmmm you need to go back to wikipedia and make note of the comma between batmania and bear brass and all the other names the city was previously called
by Myhea (score: 1|10) 2508 days ago
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