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It's Melbourne Day week!
Hold your best class in 180 years


Gilbert rules! Purr-fect for classrooms

Free e-book — learn who founded Melbourne with Gilbert the Tassie tabby, our first cat

Learn more: Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne

Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne tells the story of Melbourne, including Aboriginal history, via a series of city "guardians", or historical landmarks, representing culture, industry, events and other elements that shaped our city.

Developed by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and Melbourne Day Committee to make Melbourne's history engaging, the colourful e-book is ideal for teachers to use in classrooms and parents at home.


Colour-in Melbourne birthday card

Download the 2015 Melbourne birthday card to colour-in

Congratulations Marcus Messner!

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

"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.


3 quick things to know

1. Junior Lord Mayor Competition

Judging held this week. Winner announced on 27 August.

2. Education resources

Looking for classroom activity ideas, information about Melbourne's early days and more?

3. What's on?

We're celebrating all week, ending on Sunday with a free concert, flag-raising ceremony, Melbourne Regatta, market stalls, love letters to Melbourne, and more! 


We thank our generous sponsors and partners

City of Melbourne
13CABS - proud sponsor of the 2015 Junior Lord Mayor Competition
Bank of Melbourne
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
illy Australia
Radio Gold 104 FM
Melbourne Water
Metrol Trains
Enterprize - Melbourne's tall ship
Zouki Group
Radio 3AW
Melbourne Regatta
History Teachers' Association of Victoria
Lombard the Paper People
Levantine Hill Winery
Eureka Skydeck
UMS, Urban Maintenance Systems
William Angliss Institute
Aged Care Report Card
Akqire Digital