Timeline of Melbourne history

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The Melbourne skyline and Yarra River.

This is a timeline of major events in the history of the city of Melbourne, Australia.

Pre-European settlement[edit]

  • Aboriginal Australians had settled the area for at least 30,000 years.

19th century[edit]

A map dating to the 1880s shows the well-established suburbs of Melbourne

20th century[edit]

Chart of Melbourne's population growth since first settlement in 1851.

21st century[edit]

  • 2000 – New Melbourne Museum opened
  • 2000 – CityLink freeways open, including two new tunnels, a new cross-harbour bridge, and electronic tolling
  • 2000 – Docklands Stadium completed
  • 2002 – Federation Square opens
  • 2002 – Controversial Melbourne 2030 planning policy introduced, aimed to increase population in designated 'activity centres' and curb urban sprawl, promises to increase public transport usage to 20% of motorised trips by 2020
  • 2003 – 2003 Melbourne Thunderstorm
  • 2004 – Melbourne Victory FC is formed
  • 2005 – 2005 Melbourne Thunderstorm
  • 2006 – Southern Cross railway station redevelopment opens to passengers, renamed from Spencer Street station
  • 2006 – Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne
  • 2006 – Construction on Eureka Tower is completed, making it the tallest building in Melbourne and tallest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • 2007 – 2007 FINA Swimming World Championships are held
  • 2008 – New Eastlink freeway completed
  • 2008 – M1 upgrade begins
  • 2009 – Black Saturday bushfires around Melbourne, the worst fires in the history of the city leave 180 people dead
  • 2009 – Melbourne Heart FC is formed
  • 2009 – Melbourne's population reaches 4 million people, expanding by an unprecedented 90,000 people a year[8]
  • 2010 – Severe Thunderstorm 6 March, once in a century storm with 10 cm hail stones
  • 2010 – Melbourne celebrates 175th birthday
  • 2011 – Say Yes demonstrations draw 10,000 people who support increased investment in renewable energy
  • 2015 – Construction commences on Australia 108 which, once complete, will be the tallest building in Melbourne
  • 2017 – Six people were killed and thirty wounded in the January 2017 Bourke St car attack, followed by the death of one person and the injury of seventeen in the December 2017 Flinders St car attack
  • 2018 – Major construction begins on the Metro Tunnel, a 9-km underground rail tunnel through the CBD and the biggest public transport project since the City Loop
  • 2018 – 170,000 people march through the city in response to unfair working conditions and low wages[9]
  • 2019 – 300 Anti-Fascists and 150 Neo-Nazis clash at St Kilda beach[10]
  • 2020 – Melbourne is hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia and as a result Melbourne becomes one of the most lockdown cities in the world
  • 2021 - Melbourne officially becomes the most lockdown city in the world and protests against strict lockdowns and mandatory vaccinations in the construction industry breakout throughout the city during the second half of the year. COVID-19 protests in Australia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis, Miles (1995). Melbourne the city's history and development, 2nd ed. City of Melbourne.
  2. ^ New South Wales Government Gazette, 12 April 1837 (No.271), p. 303.
  3. ^ Melbourne the city's history and development, 2nd ed pg 5, Miles Lewis, 1995
  4. ^ Charles Augustus FitzRoy. An Act for Regulating Buildings and Party Walls and for Preventing Mischiefs by Fire in the City of Melbourne. Melbourne: (Government of New South Wales, 1849).
  5. ^ Burgmann, Verity and Meredith (1998). Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation. pp. 50–51.
  6. ^ Ness, Immanuel (2014). New Forms of Worker Organisation: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism.
  7. ^ "Melbourne tram dispute and lockout 1990 - anarcho-syndicalism in practice". libcom.org. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ Lahey, Tim Colebatch and Kate (22 September 2009). "Melbourne's population hits 4 million". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  9. ^ "170,000 Shut Down Melbourne's CBD To Demand Better Pay & Work Conditions". Pedestrian TV. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "St Kilda beach racist protests: Far right clashes with anti-fascists". www.news.com.au. Retrieved 14 January 2019.