Big Christmas cheer with the Junior Lord Mayor

Santa, Mason Dwyer and Robert Doyle

28 November 2016

Three bosses helped launch Melbourne's Christmas Festival, which began with the lighting of the city's seven metre, 4.5 tonne living Christmas tree at the weekend.

Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer, the little big boss of Melbourne, joined Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, and Santa at a transformed City Square, renamed Christmas Square, to announce a month-long Christmas extravaganza.

The tree is the centrepiece of the square that includes a magical forest for children to explore, free activities such as Christmas story time and carols and Santa, who will be in the Square daily to hear gift requests and pose for photos.

Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square will be lit with spectacular light projections nightly until Christmas.

Cr Doyle said the variety of retail, hospitality and entertainment offerings in Melbourne makes it the destination of choice in the lead up to Christmas.

“Last year we saw 330,000 attendees at Christmas Square and 215,000 spectators of the light projections on Town Hall; that’s more than 7,500 a night," he said.

Other festival highlights include the Christmas at The Dock family day out on 10 December and the Christmas Night Markets at Queen Victoria Market which are on each Wednesday night in the lead up to Christmas.

Mason, Cr Doyle and Santa answered questions from the media. Having won the Melbourne Day Junior Lord Mayor Competition, Mason officiated at Melbourne Day celebrations and is performing fun civic duties during the year.

Oh buoy! What a prize

Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer aboard the Enterprize

Earlier in the week, Mason joined 110 classmates and teachers from his school, St Louis de Montforts, Aspendale, on a excursion on the Enterprize, the schooner that brought the first settlers to Melbourne. The day out was part of the prize for winning the Junior Lord Mayor competition.

The trip included an interactive history lesson involving discussion, playing out scenes, learning about Melbourne’s early history, hoisting sails, steering, and learning about our city's first settlers.

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Best coffee, pizza now paella.Gracias!

Paella from Simply Spanish restaurant Melbourne

Hola, amigo! Melbourne's paella made by our city's Simply Spanish eateries is announced as the best in world, outside of Spain! Gracias!

It comes as we're still digesting the news that Melbourne is home to the best margarita pizzas in the world.

Watch 7NEWS TV report on 12 September: Melbourne kitchen named world’s best paella outside of Spain (1:36)


Melbourne's best margarita pizzas in the world

Ciao, bella! Melbourne is the best-a margarita make-a in the world-a! Mama mia! Numero uno, capish?

Watch 7NEWS TV report, 9 September: World’s best margarita pizza, cooked in suburban Melbourne oven, beats Italians (1:24)

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Herald Sun interviews a descendant of one of our first settlers

Margaret Stamp, a direct descendant of a Melbourne pioneer, Robert Hay Marr

Family line traced to first settlers: Margaret Stamp a direct descendant of Robert Hay Marr, with an actor portraying her ancestor. Picture courtesy: Nicole Garmston, Herald Sun

By John Masanauskas, City Editor, Herald Sun, August 30, 2016

Read now: Descendants of Melbourne pioneers celebrate city’s 181st birthday

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TV news reports

Channel Nine News

By Seb Costello

Won't play? Try this direct link: Rockstars and politicians led the Melbourne Day festivities (Twitter video, 1:41)

Also, read the 9News.com.au report: Melbourne celebrates 181st birthday with old fashioned song and dance

 

Channel Seven News

Melbourne looks back in time to celebrate the city's 181st birthday

Won't play? Try this direct link: 7 News Melbourne TV segment (Facebook video 0:26)

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Why we should give thanks to Melbourne

As Melbourne celebrates 181 years, The Huffington Post's Associate Editor Sam McKeith takes the opportunity to acknowledge some of our city's often overlooked talking points.

Read now: There are lots of reasons to give thanks for Melbourne

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The Good Room got great on Melbourne Day

3AW's Ross and John broadcasting live from the Lord Mayor's chambers on Melbourne Day

Access all areas: Burnso hands Ross the "key to the city".

3AW Breakfast's Ross and John took over the Lord Mayor's chambers at Melbourne Town Hall on Melbourne Day.

It's a must-watch edition of the The Good Room, a series where the pair broadcast from special locations.

While on-air from Robert Doyle's seat of power, they:

Watch now: Lord Mayor's Good Room, Town Hall (9:08, Facebook video)

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John Burns tries on the mayoral robes

3AW's John Burns tries on the mayoral robes on Melbourne Day

Vote 1, Burnso: Just robes and chain. Skipped the knickerbockers and bell-buckle shoes.

Watch now: John tries on the ceremonial robes and chain. (3:45, Facebook video)

Won't play? Try this link

Ross tries the piano the Beatles played during their visit to Melbourne

Watch now: Ross twinkles the famous ivories (0:45, Facebook video)

Won't play? Try this link

See the Lord Mayor's chambers

Robert Doyle on air on Melbourne Day

Big boss' office: A rare look inside the Lord Mayor's town hall chambers

See it now: 360-degree view of Robert Doyle's office inside the historic Melbourne Town Hall (5:00, 3AW website link)

 

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Concert gets national coverage

Ross Wilson, Lisa Edwards and Jack Howard prepare for Melbourne Day concert

Top trio: Melbourne Day concert headliners Ross Wilson, left, (Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool), Lisa Edwards (John Farnham Band) and Jack Howard (Hunters and Collectors). Picture: courtesy Ellen Smith, Herald Sun / News Ltd

By Mikey Cahill, Herald Sun, August 30, 2016 - published across News Ltd's national network

Read now, News Ltd network: Melbourne Day Concert to celebrate city in song and dance
Read now, Herald Sun online: Melbourne Day Concert to celebrate city in song and dance

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Melbourne Day 2016 in the news

Could the world's most liveable city be even better?

The Age newspaper's Clare Kermond asks some of Melbourne's creative thinkers to look to the future, to dream big and think about what they would like to see in this town. If the budget were limitless and you could follow your dreams, what would Melbourne look like in 10 or 20 years?

Read what they have to say


Why celebrate Melbourne Day?

Hear why a former Victorian premier, a pub owner, teachers and spouses get mentioned in this interview with our Chairman Campbell Walker on JOY 94.9 FM's Friday Drive show with hosts David and Sue.

Listen now: Melbourne rocks 181 (9:51)


Melbourne Day on WeekendNotes.com

 

See the full coverage at WeekendNotes.com here


GOLDFM coverage

See the full coverage at Gold1043.com.au here


Melbourne Day coverage in Weekly Review

See the Weekly Reviews full coverage here

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Eight and great on the to-do list

Herald Sun list of must-dos

See the full list of must-dos this month by Mikey Cahill, Livelist Editor, Herald Sun here

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Melbourne Day 2016 in the Herald Sun

Melbourne Day in the Herald Sun 29 July 2016

Melbourne Day gets mentioned in the Herald Sun newspaper, 29 July 2016.

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He's the life of our party, too

Claude Lombard of Melbourne Day

It might seem otherwise, but Melbourne Day committee member Claude Lombard doesn't work full time for Our Day.

His real job is running Lombard The Paper People, Australia's largest independently-owned party-supplies business.

And, in between, he still fulfills his Australia Day Ambassador duties. Learn more about our committee's Haberdasher-in-Chief in this News Ltd article, published in the run-up to Melbourne Day and the Rio Olympics.

Read now: Claude, a massive success, on paper (JPG article snapshot)

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Melbourne Our Town

Debuted at the 2015 Melbourne Day Concert by Soli Tesema

Hear a preview: Melbourne Our Town (MP3, 0:55)

Buy the full version from iTunes

Credits: Music by Bettina Spivakovsky, lyrics by Bettina Spivakovsky, performed by Soli Tesema, live and midi instrumentalists Kit Riley and Bettina Spivakovsky, producers Kit Riley and Bettina Spivakovsky. Produced at Kit Riley Studios (2015).

Melbourne Our Town

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
And we all discover treasures in the place that we call home

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
Everyone can join us, let’s all rise up, come on celebrate

The rhythm of each day, with all the hustle and the bustle
Nature and man in harmony with each other
They came from different shores and taught us how to value freedom
And those who lived before us shared with us their wisdom
It’s the quiet of the park, it’s crowd and it’s the footy
It’s the starlight after dark, it’s our future and it’s history
We built on land and shore, discovered mountains, sailed the waters
Welcome everyone to this great land
In  Melbourne town

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at the beauty
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern sky
And together we’ll stand with one hope
Everyone come and join us, let’s all celebrate

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city

Melbourne is your town
Melbourne is your city
Melbourne is your town
Melbourne is your city

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Prime Minister congratulates Melbourne on its 180th anniversary

Message from the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Tony AbbottSee the message (PDF)

One hundred and eighty years ago the tall ship Enterprize sailed up the Yarra River.

Landing a party of five men, one woman, a cat, stores and livestock on the northern bank, a fledgling settlement was begun.

As the town rapidly grew, the motto Vires acquirit eundo – ‘we gather strength as we go’ – was chosen for its people.

Borne out over the years, the story of Melbourne’s development has been one of rapid growth, great progress and buoyant optimism.

Gold rushes, building booms, industry, innovation and migration have defined Melbourne’s history, and created the modern metropolis we know today.

Now a vibrant hub of style, sport, arts and dining, Melbourne is the cultural heart of our nation, and one of the great cities of the world.

As you celebrate Melbourne’s 180th anniversary, I offer my warmest congratulations to all its citizens.

Tony Abbott
Prime Minister of Australia

See the message (PDF)

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2015 Junior Lord Mayor

2015 Junior Lord Mayor Claire McDaniel and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

The 2015 little big boss of Melbourne is Claire McDaniel.

Claire, 12, from Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak, won our competition that encourages students in grades five to seven (10 to 12 years of age) to learn about Melbourne history and civic duty.

'A very, very interesting, erudite, young lady'

Originally from San Francisco, she moved to Melbourne five years ago, and helped raise the flag on Melbourne Day and joined city councillors and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on official and other fun duties during the year.

Cyber safety is her big-ticket policy, and she's a big fan of our public transport.

But is Claire eyeing Cr Doyle's job?

"It really depends," she told Tom Elliott on radio 3AW's Drive show.

"Maybe sometime in the near future."

Claire was the overall winner from six students shortlisted — one more than the stipulated five because of the "high calibre, compelling candidates", the judges said.

Thank you to those who entered. We thank 13CABS, our 2015 competition partner.

The finalist were Sophie Logan, 11, from Loreto Mandeville Hall; Alexandra Lakkis, 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School; Izzy McGregor, 11, Loreto Mandeville Hall; Melissa Krstevska, 10, Altona Primary School; and Charli Rymer, 10, St Joseph's Black Rock.

Claire was interviewed on Drive on 26 August, 2015, the day of her announcement.

"She is a very, very interesting, erudite, young lady," Tom said introducing the segment.

Hear Claire's interview with radio 3AW's Tom Elliott (4:54, MP3)

2015 Junior Lord Mayor finalists and judges

The class of 2015: Back row L-R: Campbell Walker, Melbourne Day Chairman (judge); Kayne Tremills, host of children's ABC3 television program Studio 3 (judge). Middle row L-R: Sophie Logan, finalist; Claire McDaniel, Junior Lord Mayor winner; Lord Mayor Robert Doyle; Alexandra Lakkis, finalist; Simon Purssey from competition supporter 13CABS (judge). Front row L-R: Izzy McGregor, finalist; Melissa Krstevska, finalist; and Charli Rymer, finalist. Pictures: Malcolm Cross

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It's gorgeous, Marcus

Congratulations Marcus Messner!

Marcus, 10, in Grade 4 at OLGC Primary School, Deepdene, is the winner of our 2015 competition to design Melbourne's birthday card.

"My favorite icon, which I have drawn, is the W-Class Tram," says Marcus.

It also features Bunjil, Docklands; Eureka Skydeck; the Enterprize; Gilbert, Melbourne's first cat; and a 13CABS taxi.

His card will be on show at Melbourne Day events and other places across town.

Download the card here to colour-in! (JPG)

Colour-in, pin on your fridge or give to friends (with $5 inside, naturally)!

Melbourne Day Birthday Card 2015

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Governor-General wishes Melbourne a happy 180th birthday

Letter to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, 17 August 2015

Governor-General Sir Peter CosgroveSee the letter (PDF)

Dear Lord Mayor,

On behalf of all Australians, I offer hearty congratulations to the City of Melbourne on the occasion of its 180th birthday celebrations.

Melbourne is a wonderful city, a city of many people, many cultures and many backgrounds.

It is a city where something is always happening, alive with sport, history, theatre and the arts, and of course a great restaurant or a great coffee is never far away!

Melbourne's diversity reflects Australia's diversity, and on this day all Australians wish you a happy birthday.

Warm regards,
Peter Cosgrove
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

See the letter (PDF)

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Launceston Mayor congratulates Melbourne

Letter to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, 3 August 2015

Launceston Mayor Albert van ZettenDear Lord Mayor,

On behalf on my fellow Aldermen and the City of Launceston, I am delighted to continue our support and acknowledge Launceston's historical link with Melbourne.

On 30 August 1835, the settlement of Melbourne was born when settlers in search of new land set sail from Launceston, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) onboard the schooner Enterprize and landed beside the northern banks of the Yarra River.

The relationship that has been fostered between our cities from the foundation of Melbourne to today is very special. I am pleased that Launceston continues to play a part in the fantastic Melbourne Day celebrations.

Congratulations to you, the Council and the citizens of Melbourne on your 180th anniversary, as you enjoy a successful and memorable 2015 Melbourne Day celebration.

Yours sincerely

Albert van Zetten
Mayor

 

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History teachers get it

February 2015

Still Marvellous After 180 Years (PDF) article published in PrimeResource, a magazine distributed to 840 Victorian schools. And a finalist in our Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne competition writes about his experience.

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HIV researcher Prof Sharon Lewin is the 2014 Melburnian of the Year.

Pr2014 Melburnian of the Year Professor Sharon Lewinofessor Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and scientist and is internationally renowned as one of the leading research scientists on HIV and AIDS.

Professor Lewin is the inaugural Director, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.  Prior to this, she was Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Alfred Health and Monash University; and Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute in Melbourne. 

The Doherty Institute has a major focus on diseases that pose serious public and global health threats such as HIV, viral hepatis, influeza, tuberculosis, Ebola virus disease and drug resistant bacteria and hospital associated infections.  Professor Lewin’s research focuses on understanding how HIV persists in patients on antiviral therapy, strategies to cure HIV infection and biological determinants of immune recovery following antiviral therapy and the pathogenesis of HIV-HBV co-infection.

Professor Lewin was the Local Co-Chair for the AIDS 2014 Conference held in Melbourne in July 2014 – the largest health and development event ever held in Australia, with 13,600 delegates attending from over 200 countries, with Sir Bob Geldof and Bill Clinton as keynote speakers.  It was the first time in 10 years since the International AIDS conference was held in the Asia-Pacific.

The highly-anticipated event put Melbourne firmly in the international spotlight.  Many of the attendees at AIDS 2014 were there entirely due to Sharon’s appointment as Co-Chair and her unrelenting drive to educate and advocate on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community.  At the Conference, Sharon was hailed by the International AIDS Society as one of the most influential campaigners and researchers in the world – not an appellation that comes lightly.

Professor Lewin is frequently asked to speak internationally and she is passionate about both her work and also Melbourne more broadly.  She is an extraordinary advocate for the HIV community, research community and is always ready to promote Melbourne in terms of medical research. 

To learn more, visit the website of the Melburnian of the Year and Melbourne Awards.

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Get your Melbourne Day Mega Showbag at the Royal Show

24 September 2014

And try a $2 Lucky Dip — each one wins! Come see us in Kids Zone (not Woolworths Pavilion as earlier advertised in some places) at the Royal Melbourne Show that runs until 1 October.

Our showbag is just $20 but bursting with more than $200 value! See our Showbag's contents.

Kids Zone is near Gate 5. Download a map (PDF). Our Melbourne Day exhibit is stop No 5 on the official Show trail. Come learn about Melbourne Day!

Get a Super Show Trail Bag from any information booth for $12, follow the trail and collect goodies valued at $140 as you go.

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New Docklands Park Naming Poll

15 September 2014

A poll to vote for one of three proposed names for a new park in north-west Docklands has closed.

What's the connection to Melbourne Day?

One of the proposals is Lancey Park — after Captain John Lancey, one of the first settlers to arrive aboard the Enterprize and start European settlement of Melbourne on 30 August 1835.

Captain Lancey was the leader of the expedition, representing John Pascoe Fawkner, the owner of Enterprize.

The other proposed names are Ron Barassi Snr Park and Dudley Flats Park.

Click here for more information. Watch this space for poll results.

Artist's impression of the new Docklands park

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News coverage

Regatta: Celebrating our waterways Dockland News, 4 September, 2014

You vote: Name Docklands’ newest park Dockland News, 4 September, 2014

Melbourne Day: a chance for the world’s most liveable city to celebrate how great it is – Herald Sun, 29 August, 2014

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner delivers the Lord Mayor's Melbourne Day Oration – Herald Sun, 28 August, 2014

Happy birthday to us! We just turned 179 Herald Sun, 30 August 2014

Herald Sun article 30 August 2014

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Our 2014 program guide

Cover of 2014 Melbourne Day events programLooking for our 2014 program guide? Download it here (PDF). Or read it online magazine-style, click here.

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Melbourne Day videos

Candy and Fiona talk about Our Day

Channel Seven's Peter Mitchell on Our Day

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Finding the values of Melbourne

29 August 2014

Melbourne Day chairman Campbell WalkerWhat does Melbourne stand for?

Melbourne Day Chairman Campbell Walker (right) will help launch an initiative tomorrow to answer that question, and help uncover the values that make Melbourne unique.

"Melbourne was founded upon a number of principals that many are unaware of," Mr Walker says.

"For instance, one of the city's founders, John Batman, was an early supporter of equality and tolerance. We want to recognise the values that have come to make our city unique.”

The Melbourne Values initiative is designed to celebrate and foster the city’s unsung values that are ever-evolving and an inherent part of Melbourne’s culture.

Mr Walker said: “Major Brendan Nottle of the Salvation Army and Melburnian of the Year first proposed a values-based project for the city some time ago.

“There are so many selfless acts that Melburnians engage in. By promoting them, our aim is to positively charge the good deeds of our community and encourage more,” Mr Walker said.

To achieve this goal the first instalment of the ‘Melbourne Values’ project - the #WLDNMLBN (‘Well Done Melbourne’ in text-speak) campaign – will be launched on Melbourne Day with Network Ten providing content, media and social support. The campaign will be completely unbranded.

Executive General Manager of Network Ten, Russel Howcroft, said: “I loved the idea of promoting the values we want to see more of in our city.

“With #WLDNMLBN we’re creating a unique, sticky and fun way to recognise the good that flows through the homes, streets and laneways of Melbourne – and elevate it,” Mr Howcroft said.

The #WLDNMLBN campaign was developed by integrated ad agency BWM Group Melbourne.

Group Managing Director of BWM, Mark Watkin, said: “This is a wonderful initiative to be asked to contribute to. We’re looking forward to seeing how the campaign rolls out and what good things people come to recognise.”

The #WLDNMLBN campaign will officially launch during the Melbourne Day flag-raising ceremony on August 30 at Federation Square.

Melburnians will discover new ways to participate in and contribute to the initiative throughout the
coming year.

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Mayor Ebony's proud of city

2014 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne Ebony Chiazor14 August 2014

By Christopher Gillett, Herald Sun

MEET Melbourne’s mini mayor. Ebony Chiazor, 11, is ready to rule after beating hundreds of students to become the latest junior Lord Mayor.

Helping the homeless and boosting city security are her two top wishes for the city that turns 179 this month.

"I entered last year and thought it was fun. I tried out again this year and when they said my name, I was shocked," Ebony said.

"I conquered my fear of talking in front of people. I'm pretty proud of that."

She says Melbourne's biggest bragging right is its multiculturalism.

Her dad, Maxwell, left Nigeria for Melbourne in 2001 and said the city had provided endless opportunities for his family of four.

"Melbourne is wonderful, I'm so proud and so happy for my kids to grow up here," Dr Maxwell said.

Later this year, Ebony will join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for a day of official duties and help brainstorm ideas for Melbourne's 180th birthday next year.

Now in its second year, the competition is open to students in grades five to seven and aims to educate Victorians about the city.

(Courtesy of Herald Sun)

2014 Junior Lord Mayor competition finalists

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker in the historic Melbourne Town Hall council chamber with 2014 Junior Lord Mayor finalists: William Long, Mill Park Heights Primary School, Mill Park;  Sachi Debski, St Mary's Primary School, Ascot Vale; Ebony Chiazor (centre), Stella Maris Primary School, Point Cook; Jacob Browne, Our Holy Redeemer Primary School, Surrey Hills;  Alexandra Lakkis, Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School, Essendon.

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Birthday card competition winner

2014 birthday card design winning entry14 August 2014

This year's Melbourne Day birthday card and hat was designed by Amy Barnett, 9, from Our Holy Redeemer Primary School in Surrey Hills.

Her design is included as a pull-out in our official Melbourne Day program guide, distributed across Melbourne.

It also forms an A3 fold-out hat that you can download, color-in and wear with pride on Melbourne Day!

Amy won a primary school competition, drawing six Melbourne icons: turtles and fish at Melbourne Sealife Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck, Docklands sculpture Bunjil, tall ship Enterprize, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds' Pie In the Sky and Flinders St Station.

Download 2014 birthday card to color-in! (PDF)

Download 2014 hat to color-in and wear with pride! (PDF)

 

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A fine art: historic Windsor Hotel's stint as a public gallery

5 August, 2014

Victorian College of the Arts students will transform Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel into a public gallery while vying for The Windsor Art Award, a $10,000 scholarship recognising Australia’s best emerging talent.

Opening on Melbourne Day, 30 August, running until 14 September 2014, the Marvel exhibition and Windsor Art Award will be judged by a prestigious panel including Heide Museum of Modern Art director Jason Smith and artist Julia DeVille.

Entrance to the Windsor Hotel, Melbourne As part of a collaborative exhibition between the VCA’s School of Art and the landmark hotel, visual art students will install works that are conceptual and material interpretations of the theme Marvel.

The installations will feature in many of the hotel’s unique spaces including the heritage listed lace iron lifts, Victorian windows, renowned tea room and even a once-secret hotel entrance.

The Head of the VCA School of Art Jan Murray said the partnership with The Windsor presents a unique opportunity for honours and graduate students to offer their interpretation of the city’s history and experiment creatively in a new environment.

“The idea of Marvel is intertwined with Melbourne and the talented artists it produces. At the VCA we encourage artists to contribute to the artistic character of this city. I look forward to seeing each artist’s vision of how Melbourne is marvellous to them, using The Windsor as their blank canvas.”

Adipoetra Halim, Hotel Director of the Halim Group, owner of The Windsor, said he was thrilled to show the hotel’s ongoing support for philanthropy and the arts by awarding some of Australia’s greatest emerging talent.

“The Windsor is synonymous with Melbourne and the opening of Marvel on Melbourne Day is one way in which we can pay tribute to our vibrant city and “Marvellous Melbourne,” he said.  

The exhibition highlights the partnership between two of Melbourne’s most cherished institutions that share a combined history of more than 280 years.  

In 2017, the VCA School of Art will celebrate 150 years since the establishment of its predecessor, the National Gallery School. Established in 1883, The Windsor is Australia’s oldest Grand hotel and is one of the world’s most revered hotels of Victorian architecture.

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In the news: Melbourne Regatta and Harold Mitchell

Come to Victoria Harbour for the Melbourne Regatta2 August 2014

In the media: The Age interviews Harold Mitchell, 2011 Melburnian of the Year. Read it here.

In the media: Melbourne Regatta article in Docklands News. Read it here.

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Toot for Melbourne Day

Melbourne Daymobile. Toot for Melbourne Day!1 August 2014

Toot if you love Melbourne Day - and see our boss' Jeep. You can't miss it.

Chairman Campbell Walker's "Melbourne Daymobile" is back on the streets to help promote August 30 celebrations.

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Making history - by teaching history

Melbourne Day in the classroom

August 2014

Students in the city's inner east are learning about early Melbourne in a unique way: from senior students – from another school.

Two Year 10s from Whitefriars Secondary College in Donvale, Melbourne's east, have commandeered the chalkboard and are making history come alive for younger students at Our Holy Redeemer in Surrey Hills, the city's inner-east.

Ben Galtieri and Callum Thorburne are engaging the junior students by using a hands-on, one-on-one approach, helping history leap off the page and into the children's imaginations, says Liz McIntyre, the deputy principal of Our Holy Redeemer.

The children are learning about the significance of Melbourne Day, the first settlers who sailed here aboard the Enterprize, and some of today's city landmarks, including Flinders St Station, Bunjil Docklands sculpture, Eureka Skydeck and Pie In the Sky at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Ms McIntyre says it is part of Ben and Callum's community service program, and an "outward facing" approach to education, where schools and community work together. It helps produce a richer outcome for everyone, she says.

"The two have planned and organised time to teach the children about Melbourne icons. The boys are working with children from each grade, helping them learn more about the city and helping with entries in the Melbourne Day competitions."

Ms McIntyre says under the outward facing model resources, accountability and responsibilities are shared.

"Everyone experiences a sense of belonging and helps achieve a positive outcome," she says.

Ms McIntyre is also the school's student wellbeing leader and student services leader.

The winners of this year's Melbourne Day competitions to be the Junior Lord Mayor and design the official birthday card will be announced ahead of Melbourne Day on 30 August.

See more photos from the classroom in our Melbourne Day Flickr photo gallery.

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2014 Junior Lord Mayor Competition

17 July 2014

Entries have closed. The 2014 little big boss of Melbourne will be announced soon.

Five awesome finalists are chosen to meet a judging panel, with one overall winner decided. The Junior Lord Mayor helps the Lord Mayor raise the flag on Melbourne Day and fulfill mayoral and other official fun duties.

The free competition is for children aged 10 to 13. Get our newsletter and be reminded next year.

Listen to reigning Junior Lord Mayor Abigail Dinan's awesome interview on Neil Mitchell's 3AW radio show, with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (17 July 2014).

2013 Junior Lord Mayor Abigail Dinan, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and 3AW radio host Neil Mitchell, right

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Hats off to Maya

Maya Kimpton and Robert Doyle

August 2013

Maya Kimpton, 11, from Ascot Vale Primary School, is our 2013 birthday card and hat design competition winner.

Maya’s was a standout entry, with great detail in the outline of the Enterprize, Melbourne Aquarium penguins and landmark Arts Centre spire.

Her design becomes the official Melbourne Day 2013 birthday card and fold-out hat.

Maya is pictured with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

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2013 Junior Lord Mayor

August 2013

Thank you to all those students across Victoria who entered the 2013 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne competition. The entries flowed in with many schools submitting an entry from all students in each class.

2013 Junior Lord Mayor Competition finalists with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker
2013 Junior Lord Mayor Competition finalists with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker

The Melbourne Day Committee along with Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle are delighted to announce the winner of the 2013 Melbourne Day Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne is Miss Abigail Dinan (Stella Maris Primary School, Point Cook).

Abigail attended the Judging at Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 26 August to join all finalists to answer a few questions by the judges. Abigail will receive the honour on Melbourne Day Friday 30 August 2013 to raise the City of Melbourne flag with Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Melbourne Day Committee Chairman Campbell Walker. The Junior Lord Mayor will also join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on mayoral duties later this year, be presented with a framed certificate and a prize pack of family passes to the Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck, Medibank Icehouse and the Ministry of Dance.

Thank you to the official judges of the Junior Lord Mayor competition, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker, CEO of the History Teachers Association of Victoria Richard Smith, Associate Director VET at William Angliss Institute Dan Mabilia, Reporter Jacqueline Felgate from Channel 7, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Melbourne City Mission Sue Parkes and presenter from Channel 7’s Coxy’s Big Break Lee Chan.

Congratulations to the following students who were finalists in the Melbourne Day Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne Competition. You all did a great job with your entries and your presentation at the official judging.

With an outstanding number of entries received the following students received a Highly Commended Award:

Ascot Vale Primary School
Phoebe Baillon

Elwood Primary School
Oliver Redfern

Glen Huntly Primary School
Zoe Parsons
Aadtya Arya
Enoch Rahan
Hanah Willis
Shreya Sharma

Ivanhoe East Primary School
Edward Spink

Kensington Primary School
Jack MacLeod
Shreya Rowe
John Dunley

Presperterian Ladies College
Oriana Lamoureux
Alicia Chan

South Oakleigh College
Chau Ly
St Margaret’s School, Berwick
Emily Lewis

Stella Maris Primary School, Point Cook
Bianca Cogliandro
Montana Platt
Jack Raunick
Emily Frydas
Anthony Nguyen

Williamstown High School
Jarred Reid

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Comic Lounge 2013 competition

The Comics Lounge will come alive on Melbourne Day eve.

Melbourne’s home of comedy, the Comics Lounge, will once again host our annual Laugh Out Loud Party in true party spirit.

Come along for a night of laughter and fun. Enter for free tickets. Only 178 tickets available - to celebrate our city's 178th birthday!

Click here for more information on this event.

 

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Cheers! for Melbourne Day

Pubs, clubs, cafés, restaurants, retail and city attractions want you to get the presents this Melbourne Day. The city will come alive with special offers, two for one, or maybe happy hour at your favourite watering hole. Come join the party and celebrate on Friday 30 August. For participating venues click here.

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Big Christmas cheer with the Junior Lord Mayor

Best coffee, pizza now paella.Gracias!

Herald Sun interviews a descendant of one of our first settlers

TV news reports

Why we should give thanks to Melbourne

The Good Room got great on Melbourne Day

Concert gets national coverage

Melbourne Day 2016 in the news

Eight and great on the to-do list

Melbourne Day 2016 in the Herald Sun

He's the life of our party, too

Melbourne Our Town

Prime Minister congratulates Melbourne on its 180th anniversary

2015 Junior Lord Mayor

It's gorgeous, Marcus

Governor-General wishes Melbourne a happy 180th birthday

Launceston Mayor congratulates Melbourne

History teachers get it

HIV researcher Prof Sharon Lewin is the 2014 Melburnian of the Year.

Get your Melbourne Day Mega Showbag at the Royal Show

New Docklands Park Naming Poll

News coverage

Our 2014 program guide

Melbourne Day videos

Finding the values of Melbourne

Mayor Ebony's proud of city

Birthday card competition winner

A fine art: historic Windsor Hotel's stint as a public gallery

In the news: Melbourne Regatta and Harold Mitchell

Toot for Melbourne Day

Making history - by teaching history

2014 Junior Lord Mayor Competition

Hats off to Maya

2013 Junior Lord Mayor

Comic Lounge 2013 competition

Cheers! for Melbourne Day