Timeline of Melbourne history

This is a timeline of major events in the history of the city of Melbourne, Australia.

The Melbourne skyline and Yarra River.

Pre-European settlement

  • Aboriginal Australians had settled the area for at least 30,000 years.

19th century

A map dating to the 1880s shows the well-established suburbs of Melbourne

20th century

Chart of Melbourne's population growth since first settlement in 1851.

21st century

See also


  1. Lewis, Miles (1995). Melbourne the city's history and development, 2nd ed. City of Melbourne.
  2. New South Wales Government Gazette, 12 April 1837 (No.271), p. 303.
  3. Melbourne the city's history and development, 2nd ed pg 5, Miles Lewis, 1995
  4. Charles Augustus FitzRoy. An Act for Regulating Buildings and Party Walls and for Preventing Mischiefs by Fire in the City of Melbourne. Melbourne: (Government of New South Wales, 1849).
  5. Burgmann, Verity and Meredith (1998). Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation. pp. 50–51.
  6. Ness, Immanuel (2014). New Forms of Worker Organisation: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism.
  7. "Melbourne tram dispute and lockout 1990 - anarcho-syndicalism in practice". libcom.org. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. Lahey, Tim Colebatch and Kate (22 September 2009). "Melbourne's population hits 4 million". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  9. "170,000 Shut Down Melbourne's CBD To Demand Better Pay & Work Conditions". Pedestrian TV. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. "St Kilda beach racist protests: Far right clashes with anti-fascists". www.news.com.au. Retrieved 14 January 2019.