Top Facts About Melbourne City 2019
Australia’s first traffic lights were installed in Melbourne in 1912 at the corner of Collins and Swanston Street.
Between 1901 and 1927 Melbourne was Australia’s capital city.
Fisherman’s Bend, Port Melbourne is the only place in the world that makes Vegemite.
The first ute (a utility vehicle with a cargo tray) was invented and built by Melbournian James Freeland Leacock in 1929.
In 1970, Victoria became the first place in the world to enforce seat belt legislation
Until 1966, it was illegal for pubs in Melbourne to be open after 6pm.
Under local by-laws, it is an offence to drive a goat or dog harnessed or attached to a vehicle in a public place.
For at least 40,000 years before the arrival of the British, the area around Port Phillip Bay was the home of the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong clans, known as the Kulin people.
Melbourne’s famous tramway system is the largest outside Europe and the fourth largest in the world.
Melbourne is home to Toto’s, Australia’s first pizza restaurant, which opened in 1961 in Little Italy, Lygon Street, Carlton.
Today Melbourne is Australia’s second biggest city, with a population of 4.1 million.
On Melbourne’s hottest day ever, Black Saturday February 7 2009, temperatures peaked at 46.4 °C (115.5 °F)
Melbourne’s lowest temperature on record is −2.8 °C (27.0 °F), on July 4, 1901.
The car park for Queen Victoria Markets is built on the site of Melbourne’s original cemetery.
Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years between 1901 and 1927.
Melbourne’s Rainbow Radio was the world’s first gay and lesbian radio station.
Mixing football, rugby and Gaelic football, Australian Rules Football was invented in Melbourne in 1858 by Tom Wills and friends as a way to keep cricketers fit during the off-season.
Melbourne was host to Australia’s first Olympic games in 1956 – the first to be held in the southern hemisphere.
The MCG holds the world record for highest attendance at a cricket match, with a total of 91,092 spectators watching the first day of The Ashes test against England in 2013.
Melbourne been ranked the world’s most livable city since 2011 (and among the top three since 2002), according the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Melbourne was one of the first cities to mandate the 8-hour working day, beginning in 1856 and spreading throughout the world (mostly).Australia Country Facts 2019-zardly.com,
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