One city, 181 reasons we're awesome
Melbourne Day Committee wishes you and your family a joyful holiday season and a safe, prosperous New Year.
Thank you x 181. Here's some of how we celebrated Melbourne Day 2016
We did 181 proud: We Eagle Rocked with Ross Wilson at Fed Square, top left, raised the flag to the big sound of Victoria Police Pipe Band at Enterprize Park, gave out free Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses cupcakes, and struggled to stop our Federation Square concert MC Craig "Huggy" Huggins from GOLD104 FM from eating them all!
Access all areas: Burnso hands Ross the "key to the city" during the broadcast.
It was riveting listening when 3AW Breakfast's Ross and John commandeered the Lord Mayor's chambers at Melbourne Town Hall on Melbourne Day.
It's a must-watch recording of The Good Room, a series where the pair broadcast from special locations.
While on-air from Robert Doyle's seat of power, they:
- Discussed who actually founded Melbourne and how the city came to be.
- Revealed names Melbourne almost had.
- Mentioned Melbourne's first cat, dubbed Gilbert, the Tassie
- Highlighted curious items on Cr Doyle's desk, including a sword!
- Listed little-know Melbourne facts, including laws against trading with pirates and driving goats afixed to vehicles.
- And Ross twinkled ivories on the piano the Beatles made famous.
And John Burns got all gussied up in gold
He's the life of our party, too
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.
'Make Melbourne a better place to live'
Little big boss of Melbourne: Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer and classmates from St Louis de Montford's Primary at the flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park.
Spare a few moments over the holidays to listen to this interview.
The school captain is a keen environmentalist, loves the city's architecture, its landmark buildings, food and people.
He barracks for AFL side St Kilda, is a keen runner, and he's a recycling and environmental advocate.
But his big-ticket issue will have you cheering that he runs for the big boss job one day. He talks to 3AW's Denis Walter and Channel Nine's Peter Hitchener.
Catch up on some of the awesome media coverage Melbourne Day got
Family line traced to first settlers: Margaret Stamp is a direct descendant of Robert Hay Marr, with an actor portraying her ancestor at Enterprize Park, where Melbourne started. Picture courtesy: Nicole Garmston, Herald Sun
- 'I had no idea': Margaret Stamp's story in the Herald Sun.
- Why we should give thanks to Melbourne: See Huffington Post's list.
- Could the world's most liveable city be even better? See The Age's answer.
- TV news captures the colour and fun of Our Day: See the reports.
Let me tell ya, this paella's a world-beater
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 were still digesting the news that Melbourne makes the best margarita pizzas in the world.
Watch the 7NEWS TV report aired on 12 September: Melbourne kitchen named world’s best paella outside of Spain (1:36)
If it's pizza you're after, you can't beat our margarita
Big Christmas city cheer
Ho, ho, ho: 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.
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 Christmas extravaganza.
Melburnian of the Year: Neale Daniher
City's top honour: AFL great Neale Daniher is the Melburnian of the Year 2016, for his work raising funds to combat motor neurone disease.
Move over 181, we can't wait until our 182 celebrations in 2017
Toot for Melbourne Day: After every party comes the thankless job of packing up. Here's our chairman Campbell Walker's "Melbourne Day-mobile" doing its part - taking to storage our giant promotional banner after our Federation Square concert. We can't wait to unfurl it for Melbourne's 182nd birthday in August 2017.
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