Melbourne in History

Historical Events

  • 1835-08-30 Melbourne, Australia is founded.
  • 1856-03-26 New South Wales's first 1st-class game, v Victoria at Melbourne NSW, won
  • 1856-10-19 James Kelly and Jack Smith fight bareknuckle for 6h15m in Melbourne
  • 1865-01-25 CSS Shenandoah arrives in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1866-01-18 Wesley College is established in Melbourne
  • 1880-11-11 Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
  • 1883-01-20 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1886-11-22 Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1892-06-11 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1899-01-22 Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation
  • 1899-02-02 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.

/flags/australiaFirst Australian Parliament

1901-05-09 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
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  • 1922-09-11 One of the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia's predecessor papers The Sun News-Pictorial is founded.
  • 1927-05-09 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia, and the Australian Parliament convenes there for the first time.
  • 1930-10-11 Collingwood Football Club in Melbourne, Australia, won the VFL premiership for the fourth consecutive year.
  • 1934-11-21 "Uiver" returns from Schiphol in London-Melbourne air race
  • 1954-03-08 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1956-11-22 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne
  • 1956-12-08 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967-02-03 Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne
  • 1967-12-17 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne
  • 1969-06-02 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • 1970-10-15 Bridge over Yarra River in Melbourne crashes; killing 35
  • 1978-10-21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • 1985-08-20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • 1989-12-09 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • 1999-10-31 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • 2000-09-11 Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2006-03-15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006-03-26 18th Commonwealth Games close in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007-03-23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012-09-30 Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL Grand Final
  • 2012-11-06 Green Moon wins the Melbourne Cup race at Flemington
  • 2014-11-04 Protectionist wins the 2014 Melbourne Cup
  • 2015-03-29 Cricket World Cup: Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 2015-05-17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League
  • 2015-11-03 Melbourne Cup won by Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne - 1st woman to win
  • 2015-11-15 Holly Holm defeats UFC Champion Ronda Rousey in an upset in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2017-01-20 Car ploughs into pedestrians in central Melbourne, killing 6 and injuring 27
  • 2017-02-21 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board
  • 2017-06-15 Rebel Wilson win defamation case against Bauer Media at The Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne
  • 2017-09-13 Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $4.56 million in damages in libel case against Bauer Media in Melbourne, largest defamation payout in Australia
  • 2017-11-07 Melbourne Cup: Joseph O’Brien at 24 is the youngest trainer to win with Rekindling jockeyed by Corey Brown

Famous Birthdays

  • 1858-04-19 May Robson [Mary J Robison], Australian actress (Apple Annie), born in Moama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1942)
  • 1867-05-10 Jim Kelly, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Australian 1896-1905), born in Port Melbourne, Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1870-11-16 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne (d. 1960)
  • 1870-11-29 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (107 on Test debut Aust v Eng 1893), born in Melbourne
  • 1873-10-27 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)
  • 1879-12-27 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 1958)
  • 1882-07-08 Percy Grainger, composer/pianist/conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1889-11-09 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1962)
  • 1891-06-18 Annie "Mae" Busch, Australian actress (Foolish Wives), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1946)
  • 1901-07-12 Robert Allenby, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1912-12-29 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1913-02-23 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1913-07-23 Coral Browne, Australian actress (Ruling Class, Time Express), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1991)
  • 1917-05-03 James Penberthy, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1921-03-29 Sam Loxton, Australian cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's), born in Albert Park, Melbourne (d. 2011)
  • 1921-06-03 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1923-09-05 Ken Meuleman, Australian cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1926-05-11 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1994)
  • 1929-03-28 Paul England, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1931-03-05 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestRupert Murdoch

1931-03-11 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1934-02-17 Barry Humphries, Australian comedian, actor and author known for his stage alter egos (Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1935-03-05 Philip K Chapman, Australian astronaut (Apollo 14 support), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1935-09-05 Helen Gifford, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestAshley Cooper

1936-09-15 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis champ (US Open-1957), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1937-02-21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • 1938-01-31 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1938-08-07 Helen Caldicott, Australian physician/anti-war activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939-01-29 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1941-04-24 John Williams, Australian guitarist (Acad Award), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1941-10-25 Helen Reddy, Australian rock vocalist (I Am Woman), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1945-12-13 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne (d. 1977)
  • 1946-06-08 Richie Robinson, Australian cricketer (Victorian keeper, Australian batsman 1977), born in East Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1946-11-02 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer (1980 World Champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1948-05-28 Bob Shearer, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1948-12-04 Lin Onus, Autralian Aboriginal artist, born in Melbourne (d. 1996)
  • 1949-06-15 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949-10-30 David Green, Australian rock bassist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1950-06-11 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1950-12-18 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1952-01-25 Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British politician, journalist and human rights campaigner (Peter Tatchell Foundation), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953-07-31 Ted Baillieu, Australian Politician, Premier of Victoria (2010-13), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953-09-27 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1954-05-19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1954-11-17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1955-05-01 Julien Wiener, Australian cricket opening batsman (6 Tests 1979-80), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1956-03-02 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1957-03-09 Jeff Senior, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1957-05-30 Michael Clayton, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1960-02-23 Alan Griffin, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestSteve Irwin

1962-02-22 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2006)

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 1962-03-22 Diane Pavich, Australian golfer (1993 T50 Alpine Aust Ladies), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965-03-07 Cameron Daddo, Australian actor (Brian Petersen-Models Inc), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965-03-20 Danielle Woodward, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestPat Cash

1965-05-27 Pat Cash, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1987), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 1965-10-05 Paul Moloney, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967-02-03 Natalie Hunter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967-02-10 Bradley Hughes, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967-04-11 Lachlan Dreher, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967-11-05 Grant Leury, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967-12-03 David Diaz, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestKylie Minogue

1968-05-28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • 1969-04-27 Francine McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestCate Blanchett

1969-05-14 Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1969-09-13 Shane Warne, Australian cricketer (leg spin bowler) , born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1969-09-22 Nicole Bradtke, Australian tennis star (1995 Auckland), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-05-17 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-05-25 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-07-05 Maureen Lee, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-09-06 Shane Heal, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-03-15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-05-07 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-06-21 Nicole Stevenson, Australian backstroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-09-05 Adam Hollioake, England cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971-10-20 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972-02-17 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972-05-03 Brett Hayman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne
  • 1972-05-11 Andrew Bonhomme, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972-08-18 Shaun Wilson, Australian artist and filmmaker, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1973-02-22 Kimberly Davies, Australian actress (Baywatch), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1973-12-01 Mia Farrance, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1974-01-05 Michelle Scerri, Australian golfer (1995 Tasmanian), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1974-01-25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1976-04-06 Simon Coombes, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1976-08-25 Sam Mackinnon, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1978-04-16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979-02-12 Jesse Spencer, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1980-02-11 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982-02-11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player (2010 world champion), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestHolly Valance

1983-05-11 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • 1983-08-11 Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor (Thor, Avengers), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1983-08-21 Scott McDonald, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984-04-10 Zoe, 1st frozen-embryo child, born in Melbourne Australia
  • 1986-03-20 Ruby Rose, Australian model, actor (Orange is the New Black) recording artist, and gender activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1990-01-13 Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (Hunger Games films), born in Melbourne

Person of interestKyrie Irving

1992-03-23 Kyrie Irving, American basketball player (Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics), born in Melbourne, Australia

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1920-09-27 Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies (25) weds Pattie Maie Leckie (21) at Kew Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, Australia

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 2006-05-26 Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne
  • 2006-06-19 "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (24) weds actor Josh Janowicz (24) in Melbourne, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1978-07-27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), dies at 70