What’s On in Melbourne on Melbourne Day 2010

August 19th, 2010


Celebrate Melbourne’s 175th Birthday with a Flag Raising Ceremony, Birthday Cake, Melbourne identities, Sailing and much more!

  • Saturday 28 August 2010 to Monday 30 August 2010

Since its discovery in 1835, the City of Melbourne has come a long way, when a pioneering group of Tasmanians landed on the banks of the Yarra. Now 175 years young, there is no better way to salute the city’s birthday than by enjoying its unique treasures and iconic landmarks. The City of Melbourne will host various free events and family fun activities throughout the city from Saturday 28 August through to Monday 30 August to mark the milestone.

Events include:
Flag of our Founders: Flag Raising Ceremony The official Melbourne Day Flag Raising Ceremony pays tribute to Captain John Lancey and the crew aboard the schooner Enterprize who arrived at the Yarra’s shore 175 years ago. The Historical Society will recreate the momentous arrival in period costume, with a traditional cannon salute. There will also be an indigenous welcome, local school children will sing a specially commissioned Melbourne Song and the 2010 Melburnian of the Year will raise the Melbourne flag with the Lord Mayor. Enterprize Park, 10am to 11am on Monday 30 August.

Let them eat cake: City Square Birthday Celebration No birthday is complete without a cake, and all Melburnians are invited to join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle between noon to 2pm on Monday 30 August in City Square for a slice of the action. Spend your lunch break singing Happy Birthday with the official cutting of the 175th birthday cake alongside a number of special guests and entertainers.

Talk the talk: Melbourne Conversations
Everyone is invited to join a panel of Melbourne identities to talk all things Melbourne. Melbourne Conversations will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank on Monday 30 August from 5.30pm where the topic “Melbourne 175th Anniversary; Looking back, looking forward” will be up for discussion. 

Docklands, Melbourne will be the location for Melbourne by sea. Enterprize at Waterfront, Docklands Melburnians can sail back in time as a replica of the Enterprize – the original schooner that brought the first settlers to Melbourne, will dock at Waterfront City, Docklands on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August. Offering a unique opportunity to climb on board, visitors can see what life was like for Captain John Lancey and his crew as they sailed into Melbourne 175 years ago.

Melbourne Attractions: Special discounts Head into the city and immerse yourself in Melbourne culture, history and entertainment this Melbourne Day, all for a fraction of the usual price. Many of Melbourne’s famed attractions will be offering special discounts on admission – visit iconic destinations such as the NGV, Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck from Saturday 28 August until Monday 30 August to enjoy the offers. For a full list of special discounts on attractions, visit thatsmelbourne.com.au.

There are many activities and events taking place between Saturday 28 August until Monday 30 August to mark Melbourne Day, and Melburnians are encouraged visit the city and rejoice in everything we love about Melbourne.

For further information see www.melbourneday.com.au

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