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Facts of Melbourne


- Melbourne has the world’s oldest children’s bookstore

- Melbourne was capital of Australia for 26 years

- Melbourne has the second tallest building in Australia

- Coffee revolution hit off after post war 1950’s

- 38% of Melbourne’s resident is born overseas

- Melbourne has been crowned the world Sports City of the Decade in 2016

- Vegemite, the thick black Australian food spread was developed in Melbourne in 1922

- Melbourne’s Chinatown was founded in n 1851, this remains the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world

- Before Melbourne was called Melbourne, it was named Batmania after John Batman, a colonist farmer from Tasmania who landed in Port Philip Bay in May 1835

-The first Australian steam railway is established between Flinders Street and Port Melbourne


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