An Introduction To Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The name "Melbourne" refers to the area of urban agglomeration (as well as a census statistical division) spanning 9,900 km2 which comprises the broader metropolitan area, as well as being the common name for its city centre. The metropolis is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Melbourne consists of 31 municipalities. It has a population of 4,529,500 as of 2015, and its inhabitants are called Melburnians.


Founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen's Land on 30 August 1835, in what was then the colony of New South Wales, it was incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837. It was named "Melbourne" by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. It was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, after which it became the capital of the newly founded colony of Victoria in 1851. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, it served as the nation's interim seat of government until 1927.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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School Name

Location

Wales Street Primary School (Government co-ed primary school)

Northcote

Westgarth Primary School (Government co-ed primary school)

Northcote

Northcote Primary School (Government co-ed primary school)

Northcote

Santa Maria College (Catholic all-girls high school)

Northcote

Northcote High School (Government co-ed high school)

Northcote

St. Josephs Primary School

Northcote

 

 

Brunswick East PS and , and a Catholic primary school,

Brunswick East

Brunswick South PS

Brunswick East

Our Lady Help of Christians.

Brunswick East

CERES provides courses about environmental sustainability.

 

 

 

Fairfield Primary School

Fairfield

St Anthony's Primary School

Fairfield

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

Fairfield

(NMIT) has a campus on the site of the former Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital specialising in Visual arts, music, horticulture, and jewellery manufacture.

 

 

 

Fitzroy High School

Fitzroy

Merri Creek Primary

Fitzroy

Fitzroy Community School

Fitzroy

North Fitzroy Primary School

Fitzroy

North Fitzroy Primary School has received state media attention for its canteen's healthy menu. It also has a LOTE program for Italian language which is undertaken by all students, and hosts large Italian-related events such as Carnevale.

 

 

 

Thornbury Primary School

Thornbury

Wales Street Primary School

Thornbury

Penders Grove Primary School

Thornbury

Thornbury High School (renamed from Thornbury-Darebin Secondary College in 2005)

Thornbury

Holy Spirit School (Catholic)

Thornbury

St. Mary's Primary school (Catholic)

Thornbury

Distance Education Centre, Victoria,

Thornbury

The headquarters of this Department of Education agency, co-located on Darebin Creek with Victorian School of Languages, the headquarters of this Department of Education agency.

 

 

 

 



Early history and foundation
Before the arrival of European settlers, humans had occupied the area for an estimated 31,000 to 40,000 years. At the time of European settlement, it was inhabited by under 20,000 hunter-gatherers from three indigenous regional tribes: the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong. The area was an important meeting place for the clans of the Kulin nation alliance and a vital source of food and water. The first European settlement in Victoria was established by Colonel David Collins in October 1803, at Sullivan Bay, near present-day Sorrento, but this settlement was relocated to what is now Hobart, Tasmania, in February 1804, due to a perceived lack of resources. It would be 30 years before another settlement was attempted.


In May and June 1835, the area which is now central and northern Melbourne was explored by John Batman, a leading member of the Port Phillip Association in Van Diemen's Land (now known as Tasmania), who claimed to have negotiated a purchase of 600,000 acres with eight Wurundjeri elders. Batman selected a site on the northern bank of the Yarra River, declaring that "this will be the place for a village". Batman then returned to Launceston in Tasmania. In early August 1835 a different group of settlers, including John Pascoe Fawkner, left Launceston on the ship Enterprize. Fawkner was forced to disembark at Georgetown, Tasmania, because of outstanding debts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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