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The Melbourne skyline and Yarra River.

This is a timeline of major events in the history of the city of Melbourne, Australia.

Pre-European settlement[edit]

  • At least 30,000 years of settlement by various Aboriginal nations that were existing then

18th century[edit]

  • 1797 – George Bass explores the south-east coast of Australia

19th century[edit]

A map dating to the 1880s shows the well-established suburbs of Melbourne

20th century[edit]

Chart of Melbourne's population growth since first settlement in 1851.

21st century[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lewis, Miles (1995). Melbourne the city's history and development, 2nd ed. City of Melbourne. 
  2. ^ Melbourne the city's history and development, 2nd ed pg 5, Miles Lewis, 1995


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