Melbourne is home to over 5 million people and is the 2nd most populated city in Australia. Melbourne was named by Queen Victoria after the state was named in her honour.
The Indigenous tribes in the area are known as Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong. With Melbourne known as an important meeting place of the Kulin nation alliance and was considered vital for food and water.
In 1835 it was settled by free settlers from Van Diemen’s Land and in the 1850 gold was discovered sparking a gold rush. This gold rush elevated Melbourne to become known as the largest and richest city in the world.
Between 1901 and 1927 it was the capital city of Australia.
In the post-war years Melbourne went through rapid expansion and since the mid 1990s has maintained its population and employment growth.
Today Melbourne is known as a leading financial centre in the Asia-Pacific region and often features in the world’s most liveable cities list.
Some interesting Melbourne facts include that it was orginally going to be named “Batmania” after one of its founding fathers, John Bateman. Also, the world’s first feature film, was made and filmed in Melbourne in 1906 on the Story of Ned Kelly. Vegemite was invented here and it is home to 5 out of 6 of the tallest buildings in Australia.
Melbourne has a quirky side to it. It is highly regarded on the world street art scene, being known as one of the most vibrant and important in the world. It is home to hidden treasures in the form of art, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and pubs that requiring discovery rather than being easily found.
Melbourne, as at 2018, is home to over 467 900 small businesses with the highest number of cafes and restaurants per number of people in the world. With the tramway being the biggest in the world outside of Europe and the 4th largest in the world, these businesses are easily accessible.
Why not talk a trip to Melbourne today, to explore and discover the magic in the small businesses and see what is on offer. Small Business Near me is a great place to start in researching before you go.