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10 things you didn’t know about Melbourne

We love to talk about food, coffee, shopping and the other gems of our city. But how much do you really know about Melbourne? To give you an edge at your next zoom trivia night – here are 10 facts that may come in handy.

A bridge over a city river at night

Melbourne is full of odd spots

  • Every tree in the city has an email address. You can find your fave on the map and send it a tree-mail.
  • Melbourne’s tram system is the largest in the world outside Europe, stretching more than 240 kilometres in total.
  • The first ever Olympic Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere took place in Melbourne in 1956. The games didn’t return to Australia again until the year 2000.
A black and white photo of an old town hall with people dancing

Celebrations in Town Hall for the 1956 Olympic Games

  • The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. It dates back to the 1860s, and some of the traders have been there for over 100 years!
  • The world’s first full-length feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, was made in Melbourne in 1906. Produced on a budget of £450, this biopic of the notorious bushranger opened at The Athenaeum Theatre on 26 December 1906.
  • The National Gallery of Victoria has the world’s largest stained glass ceiling, measuring 51 metres long by 15 metres wide. Located in the Gallery’s Great Hall, the ceiling was designed by artist Leonard French

The NGV’s famous stained glass ceiling

  • The MCG is located on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nations. Historical documents describe large gatherings and corroborees in the area in the late 1830s and early 1840s.
  • The building at 367 Collins Street is home to a pair of peregrine falcons. During the breeding season, you can see a live feed of their nest and hatching young from inside the building’s foyer.
  • Melbourne is home to the first happy little Vegemite. The iconic spread was invented in 1922 by University of Melbourne science graduate, Cyril Callister, in a factory in South Melbourne.
  • Melbourne’s Chinatown was established during the Victorian Gold Rush in 1851 and remains the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world.
A city laneway