Federations very own tree house made by artist Patrick Dougherty with help from volunteers. The tree house stands 12 meters high and woven from willow tree saplings, inspired by Flinders St station and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Old Melbourne Gaol, built in the 1880s, was Victoria’s first ‘extensive gaol complex’. The first gaol on Collins St proved to be too small and unsuitable. The Old Melbourne Gaol served a harsh home for murderers and gangsters alongside lunatics,bankrupts and the homeless. During the 87 years of the Gaol being up an running, 133 people were hung including Melbourne’s famous bush ranger Ned Kelly. Ned Kelly was tried for the murder of Constable Thomas Lonigan on 24th October 1880. He was found guilty by the biased judge and was sentenced to death.
‘I could not help shooting them, or else let them shoot me, which they would have done if their bullets had been directed as they intended’ - Ned Kelly.
Each of the cells tell us a little bit about some of Melbourne’s most notorious criminals in the day alongside their real death masks. Death masks are made just an hour after a criminal has been hanged by shaving off facial hair, putting a plaster mould on the face which is then filled with wax. This is done as the theory goes- if your skull structure has bumps like that of a criminal, you were up to no good and therefore likely refused jobs.
The Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, built in memorial to the 115,000 men and women whom lost their lives for our nation. The building was finished in November 1934 to meet the needs of the community still grieving the losses from world war war, it is in fact also to honor the men women and children whom remained in Australia. It receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to mourn and to remember.
In attempt to promote healthy living, Melbourne spent approximately 5.5 million dollars on it’s bike scheme however it isn’t proving to be too popular. Guess they didn’t consider the helmet laws. Nice try Melbourne…
Although the Melbourne Cricket Ground is a reasonable new structure, the site was used for Aboriginal gatherings recorded from as early as the 1840s. The MCG was properly established in 1853 when the Melbourne Cricket Club was given 10 acres of land by Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe and it is now recognized as one of the best and most modern sports stadiums of the world. The MCG hosted the 1956 Olympics and filled to the 103,000 capacity, it was possibly the stadiums most famous moment. An Olympic Stand was constructed solely for the Games.
Approximately 350 hours are spend every week maintaining the G’s grass! This includes rolling, cutting, line marking, fertilizing match preparation etc.
A view of the Yarra River in the early 1960’s compared to what we see today.
The Yarra River, originally Birruang (“Place of Mists and Shadows”), was essentially the river of life for indigenous Australians, acting as a major food source and meeting place. What was once a fresh water river became subject to industrialization and human waste since the European settlement onwards. Melbourne’s Upper Yarra Reservoir, however, supplies much of the city’s water supply.
The Yarra River flows right through the heart of Melbourne and in fact holds one third of Victoria’s animal species. It is no longer neglected but attracts millions of visitors a year to enjoy the river that shaped the city.