30 August is the day of the arrival of the first European settlers on the north bank of the Yarra River in the year 1835 on a schooner named the Enterprize. These courageous and adventurous lot were spearheaded by Captain John Lancey flanked by Launceston builder George Evans and his servant Evan Evans, carpenters William Jackson and Robert Hay Marr, ploughman Charles Wise and blacksmith James Gilbert and his wife Mary.
On the auspicious day of 30 August 1835, these first settlers disembarked on the north bank of the Yarra river and proceeded to build a thatched storage hut and clear the land adjacent to the north bank. Today, this site is known as the Enterprize Park located at the corner of the Williams Street and the Flinders Street, close to the old Customs House. Thus, a city named Melbourne was born.
Image of the Replica of the Enterprize by Edoddridge via Wikimedia Commons
The traditional owners of the land that came to be known as Melbourne are the Kulin people, including the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung and Djadjawurrung people, who used this land for organising ceremonies and cultural events.
Sneak Peek into the Events
Image of Harbour Town Melbourne by Lakeyboy via Wikimedia Commons
Melbourne Day celebrates Melbourne's founding day, Melbourne's birthday, the day the proud community of Melbourne began. Melbourne day is the day to celebrate all that makes Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world and one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world.
A host of events have been planned to celebrate Melbourne's birthday for one whole week. The festivities will kick off on 25 August 2012.
The Melbourne Day Regatta returns with a blast in 2012. On 26 August 2012, Victoria Harbour will be packed with a flotilla of vessels to mark the inception of the week long Melbourne Day events with the Official Welcome, Blessing of the Fleet, Cheers! Melbourne and a Sail Past. Melbourne Passenger Boating has extended their warm welcome to Melburnians to embark their vessels for free from 11am and enjoy and partake in the festivities from the water. There is no requirement to make prior bookings but it will be wise to turn up early.
On 30 August 2012, the Piazza and Promenade in Waterfront City will hold a number of free events from 10 am to 2 pm on the Main Stage which amongst other things will include a re-enactment of the first European arrival, a Welcome to Country from the Wurundjeri Elders, welcome speeches and award presentations. Enjoy these free events with family and friends.
Image of Docklands by Adrian Mauriks via Wikimedia Commons
On Melbourne Day, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will oversee the official Flag Raising Ceremony at the Enterprize Park at 10am. Everyone is invited to this free public event to join in the festivities of live entertainment, morning tea and rifle volley plus cannon fire by the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia.
As the icing on the cake, everyone is invited to participate in the Cheers! Melbourne celebration and toast Melbourne's birthday at pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants and retail partners. On Melbourne's birthday enjoy a present from the participating venues. Offers include 2 for 1 deals, discounted drinks and special happy hour deals. There are also a range of discounted offers to the Museums, State Library and other places.
Learn more about the amazing array of events, activities and Cheers! Melbourne deals at the Melbourne Day website.
With so much on offer there is no excuse to confine yourself at home. Come out and celebrate the birthday of our favourite city, Melbourne!