10 things you may not know about Melbourne

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

National gallery of victoria NGV stained glass ceiling

NGV’s stained glass ceiling

  1. Melbourne is the current Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest yum cha. Featuring 750 people, it took place at part of 2013 Melbourne International Food Festival.
  2. Melbourne’s tram system is the largest in the world outside Europe, stretching more than 240 kilometres in total.
  3. The fastest time taken to solve a 7x7x7 Rubik’s Cube took place in Melbourne. A Guinness World Record, it happened at the Cubing Classic at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in March 2017.
  4. Melbourne is home to Australia’s first pizza restaurant, Toto’s, founded in 1961 on Lygon Street, Carlton.
  5. The land on which the MCG sits was originally occupied by the Wurundjeri-willam people and historical documents describe large gatherings and corroborees in the area in the late 1830s and early 1840s.
  6. The Optus Centre 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.
  7. Melbourne’s Chinatown was established during the Victorian Gold Rush in 1851 and remains the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Melbourne Town Hall on 26 December 1906.