…Happy birthday to you!
[Melbourne Day Birthday Cake]
Although Melbourne Day is an official day, it’s not an official holiday, so it’s not celebrated with gusto. Most people don’t know about it actually. If you were to pick a true Melbourne Day it would probably be Melbourne Cup day. It’s the horse race that stops the nation, and we get a day off for that one.
[Melbourne Day Flags and St Pauls Cathedral]
There were various celebrations on around the city, and the one thing I wanted to see was the replica of the Tall Ship Enterprize. It’s not very tall, but it is still special. This was the ship that brought European settlers on the northern bank of the Yarra River on the 30th of August, 1835.
[Enterprize at Melbourne Docklands]
While free admission to the Enterprize was excellent, the freebie of the day award would surely go to the Melbourne Day Coffee Cups, a useful and oh so appropriate Melbourne themed giveaway.
[Melbourne Day Coffee Cups]
“I’m from Batman” – What Melbourne might have been called
[John Batman – Melbourne]
Melbourne was named after the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, who resided in the village of Melbourne in Derbyshire. Sometimes I wonder what might have been if Melbourne was named after one of the first European explorers to land on the Yarra river, John Batman.
Us Melburnians could have been be saying that “I’m from Batman”. We might have been known as “Batmaniacs”.
As it stands I’m happy with the name Melbourne. A few years either side and Melbourne could have been called Peel or Disraeli. “I’m from Peel” or “I’m from Disraeli” just doesn’t roll off the tongue as eloquently as Melbourne.