n 1835 John Batman "bought" two parcels of land from Port Phillip district natives. One, of 600,000 acres, was at Melbourne and the other, of 100,000, acres was at Geelong.
Settlement at Melbourne was established the next year in 1836.
The city motto is "We gather strength as we go".
Melbourne once had its own Opera House, now the Tivoli Theatre.
Melbourne was used to film the 1953 hit film On The Beach with the famous beach scene and actress Ava Gardner saying what an ideal place to film the end of the world.
Also, Prince Charles later described St Kilda beach as "like swimming in sewerage". Not exactly Prince Charming!
The river Yarra flows through Melbourne. Because of its muddiness people say 'it's too thick to drink and too thin to plough'.
Williamstown was Melbourne's first suburb.