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On cloud 179: Melbourne world’s most liveable city for fourth straight year

Celebrate from
August 20 to August 31

Read more about students teaching students about Melbourne history

Making history — by teaching history

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


Our newsletter for schools

Education is a key focus for Melbourne Day. Resources and ideas in this newsletter, and on our website, can be used year-round in classrooms, child care centres, kindergartens and at home. Adults, too, can learn about Melbourne history. It's a great story, for a great city.


We're again world's most liveable city

Even more reason to celebrate Melbourne Day! We topped the class again - making it four years in a row - with an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100 in the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual liveability survey. Read the news story.

And we're Australia's "capital of cool"

Melbourne was this week also named the world's friendliest city, Sydney fifth. Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Survey says it was “no surprise readers adore Melbourne,” calling it Australia’s “capital of cool.”

Click to read more about 2014 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne Ebony Chiazor

Junior Lord Mayor

Ebony Chiazor has won our 2014 Junior Lord Mayor competition. Ebony, 11, will help Lord Mayor Robert Doyle officiate at Melbourne Day events - and help perform other duties throughout the year. She beat hundreds of students to become the city's little big boss.

Melbourne Day magic cupcake, click to learn how to make it come alive

Our magic cupcake

Here's a fun, educational use for smart phones in the classroom. Really. Download a free app and watch our birthday cupcake burst alive on-screen. You have to see it to believe it. Kids will love it!


Did you know?

Five names Melbourne almost had: Batmania, Barebrass, Bearport, Dutergalla, Bareheep.

Melbourne Day poster to download and hang everywhere

Birthday card

This year's Melbourne Day birthday card and hat was designed by Amy Barnett, 9, from Our Holy Redeemer Primary School in Surrey Hills. She won our competition aimed at primary students. Click here for more.


Classroom activity ideas

  • Color-in the 2014 Melbourne Day birthday card designed by Amy Barnett.
  • Color-in and fold-together the paper birthday hat featuring Amy's design.
  • Color-in the City of Melbourne flag and hold a class flag-raising ceremony.

We'll come to you

Melbourne Day experts are visiting schools to talk about Melbourne Day, including the successful Junior Lord Mayor and birthday card/hat design competitions - ideal for students. Book a speaker today.

Listen to Abigail Dinan's 3AW interview

Abigail on 3AW

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

School visits to the Enterprize, click for more

Tall ship class trips

Enterprize is open for school excursions to give students a taste of early maritime life. The schooner is famous for bringing the first settlers to Melbourne.

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