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Free Melbourne Day lunchtime concert

Melbourne Day concert


Headlined by music legends

Ross Wilson

(Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock)

Jack Howard

(Hunters & Collectors)

Lisa Edwards

(John Farnham Band)

Federation Square
August 30, noon to 2pm

It's the birthday concert of the year.

In a career spanning 40 years, Ross Wilson remains one of Australia's most-respected artists. Ross exploded out of the 1970s as the front man for Daddy Cool, later forming Mondo Rock, which was behind chart-topping singles and albums from the mid-’70s to the late ‘80s.  

Former trumpet player for Hunters & Collectors, Jack Howard has covered an enormous amount of musical ground. Jack has played with Midnight Oil, The Living End, The Violent Femmes, Rodriguez, The Break, You Am I, Little Red, Pete Murray and others. He has composed a song specifically for Melbourne Day, which he will debut at the concert.

 “I’m so pleased to be a part of the Melbourne Day concert! I’ve even written a new song about Melbourne - it’s all about growing up as a north-western suburban boy and playing in a rock ’n’ roll band. I can’t wait to debut it on August 30th at Fed Square”, said Jack Howard.

He will also perform his latest hits from The Passing Parade with Nicky Del Ray, as well as the Hunters and Collectors' classic hit and honorary Melbourne anthem Holy Grail.

One of Australia’s leading performers, Lisa Edwards’ success as a vocalist has been well documented. Lisa is best known as a backup singer for John Farnham Band since 1988.  Lisa has worked with some of Australia’s biggest acts, including one of Australia’s most-highly acclaimed performers and producers, Michael Cristiano. The duo perform regularly and are a popular act around Australia. Lisa and Michael will perform hits from her solo albums as well as the classic Farnham hit You’re the Voice.

“Michael and I are proud and honoured to be involved in the Melbourne Day Concert to celebrate Melbourne’s 181st birthday. We look forward to seeing you all there at the 'birthday bash of the year’ in Federation Square for the world’s most liveable city”, says Lisa Edwards.

Official flag-raising ceremony 2016

Join us as we raise the Melbourne flag at Enterprize Park

You are invited to the official kick-off event at Enterprize Park, Flinders St, on Melbourne Day, 30 August, 2016.

Join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, city councillors, Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker and committee, and others as we hoist the city's flag at 9am.

This is a free public event, school groups and families welcome. Bring the whole flock!

Enterprize Park, on the north bank of the Yarra River at the bottom of William St, is where the first Europeans landed on 30 August 1835 to start the first permanent settlement of Melbourne.

The natural history of early Melbourne

Royal Historical Society of Victoria's annual, Melbourne Day free public lecture by Dr Gary Presland

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016, coffee/tea 12.30pm, lecture 1pm to 2pm

Flagstaff Gardens tours presented by Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Melbourne Day commemorates the founding of this city, and celebrates the actions of individuals who were instrumental in creating the settlement, in 1835.  ‘History’ is undoubtedly about human action but it is often written as though the actions took place in a vacuum.

What is not commonly included in the stories told about the European settlers of the Port Phillip region is anything relating to the physical context in which their activities took place. Little heed was paid by the settlers at the time — or, indeed, has been by subsequent generations in the 180 plus years since — to the role of the surrounding environments.  

Many features of the Port Phillip landscapes can be seen as having exerted an influence, in both the founding of the town and in the subsequent development and spread of the built environment.

In his lecture, Dr Gary Presland will focus on a variety of aspects of the history of Melbourne, in which he can illustrate that nature was always an active agent in these matters.

Dr Gary Presland is an archaeologist and historian, and former Head Curator with Museum Victoria. His research interests have long been in the Indigenous history and natural history of the Melbourne region, in both of which he has been published widely.  His most important works include The place for a village: how nature has shaped the city of Melbourne (Museum Victoria, 2008) and First people: the Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Phillip and central Victoria (Museum Victoria, 2010). Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne.

Free event. Bookings advised, please phone 9326 9288 or

Where: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett St, city.

Melbourne Day give-aways

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Listen to Melbourne Day 2016 media partners radio 3AW and GOLD104 FM for great give-aways, including stays at the Langham Hotel; an Ultimate Melbourne Dinner Party for a group of six at your home, where an amazing private chef cooks a gourmet dinner; illy coffee machines and coffee packs; 13CABS vouchers and more.

Melbourne Regatta

Melbourne Regatta 2016Oh, buoy! What an icon: Enterprize at the regatta in 2015. She again holds centre stage at Victoria Harbour, Docklands, on 28 August, 2016. Photo: Bruno

Victoria Harbour, Docklands
Sunday, 28 August, 2016, 11am to 5pm

A celebration of our waterways, the immigration and arrival by sea of Melbourne's multi-cultural family.

The Regatta features a dazzling flotilla on Victoria Harbour's southern basin. Bring the whole family and join the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association and the Mission to Seafarers in a Blessing of the Fleet.

The Melbourne Regatta was first held on August 30, 1838, making it the first regatta in Australia.

For more details visit the Melbourne Regatta official website, the Mission to Seafarers' website and the Enterprize's website.

Lord Mayor's Oration - Melbourne Day lunch

Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria

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Was held on Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, above, delivered the 2016 Lord Mayor's Melbourne Day Oration on her first 12 months as Governor, and what she has discovered about Melbourne. Presented by Melbourne Business Network at Zinc restaurant at Federation Square.

Home is Where the Heart is

Listen now: Hunters & Collectors legend Jack Howard's new song about Melbourne, debuted at the 2016 Melbourne Day Concert

Written and produced by Jack Howard, guitars Nicky Del Rey.
For a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more, visit Jack Howard's official website here

Drove home around the Western Ring Road
From the deep north to the beach
From the freeway you can see the trestle bridge and the new estates
There used to be a band called Essendon Airport
Now the airport's just a shopping mall
This drive is in my blood, it's in my DNA,
And the memories look like

Coburg drive-in, Princes park, the Brunswick municipal band
And for a big night out in the city

Dad and mum lookin' pretty
We'd make our way down Swanston St
Where we'd hit the Classic Cafe
For a lime milkshake and a bucket of chips and two potato cakes

Home is where the heart is
And the heart of it all is here in Melbourne

As the years went on, I got to know this city pretty well
Working at McEwans, playin' in a rock'n'roll band
Didn't need no Melways to find my way around
Cruising in my old HD
Breakin' all the rules

From the Crystal Ballroom to the Village Green
From the Jump Club to the Sentimental Bloke
And for a big night out in the city
We'd all hit Fitzroy St
at two in the morning
Topolinos for a cappriciosa and a Crown Lager
Before the long drive home
With the windows wound down

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Official flag-raising ceremony

Melbourne Day Concert

Melbourne Day free public lecture

Melbourne Day radio give-aways

Home is Where the Heart is song

Lord Mayor's Oration - Melbourne Day lunch

Melbourne Regatta