The grounds of Enterprize Park - 469-503 Flinders Street, Melbourne, is the perfect place to have Melbourne Day at 10.30am on Thursday 30 August 2018, celebrating 183 amazing years. It's a special venue for many reasons. The Park is where the ship Enterprize first arrived on 30 August 1853; starting a settlement which would one day become Melbourne as we know it. Luckily, the many unofficial names in the first years like Batmania, Barebrass, Bearport, Dutergalla, Bareheep and most popularly, The Settlement were not chosen.
The grounds are also the ancestral lands of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin, and hence a place of significance to the local Aboriginal population. It is also the current site for the Scar Project, an installation crafted by Indigenous artists that was first displayed in City Square in March 2001.
If your child is entering the Junior Lord Mayor Competition 2018, you best keep in mind entries close at 5pm 6 August 2018. It's free and open to Victorian students aged 10-13 years. All you need to do is answer 10 questions about Melbourne on the online entry form. Be the lord of cool and win a prize pack, hang with the Lord Mayor on official duties, march in the Moomba Parade, raise the official flag on Melbourne Day, and more. Judging is held in Melbourne Town Hall's historic council chambers. From six finalists, the winner is chosen on 20 August 2018. The judges are waiting.
Celebrations on the day begin with Welcome to Country by the Boon Wurrung, First People of the Bays (Port Phillip and Westernport) and South East Victoria, followed by Lord Mayor Sally Capp and city councillors, the Junior Lord Mayor 2018 competition winner, the Flag-raising ceremony, FREE Ferguson Plarre cupcakes, the Town Crier Phillip Greenbank and more!
Be entertained by the Victoria Police Pipe Band, the Young Australian Broadway Chorus and Creativity Australia Choir and meet our 'first settlers' in period costume, and Gilbert the Tassie Tabby, Melbourne's first cat. The Melbourne Day Mobile has hit the streets in the run up to Melbourne's birthday celebrations. Toot for Melbourne Day by honking if you see our chairman Campbell Walker's 4WD 'Melbourne Day-mobile'. You can't miss it.
If you love Melbourne like crazy, join the conversation and stay updated via the Facebook page, Instagram, Flickr and the website. Grab a few free downloads like the Melbourne Day selfie poster and the Melbourne Day Flag. Come along and celebrate all the things that make Melbourne one of the world's greatest and most liveable cities.