In October 1803, a 450-strong camp was established by our earliest settlers at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento, but was soon abandoned because there was no fresh water. But they first tried an ingenious way to harvest water.
Learn more about what happened at this State Library of Victoria fascinating blog post.
Water, the miracle of Melbourne
Melbourne's story was dramatically different. The city was founded in August 1835 and flourished at the site of today's Enterprize Park because a small waterfall (since dynamited beside Queensbridge St) separated fresh water upstream from the salty Yarra River, giving the first settlers who arrived on the
Enterprize, and those who quickly followed, their lifeblood.