About Melbourne

Melbourne was originally settled by graziers and was going to be named ‘Batmania’ after one of its founding fathers, John Batman. The township was formally established in 1835 and named after the British Prime Minister at the time, Lord Melbourne. Having been originally considered part of the State of New South Wales, Victoria was established as a separate colony in 1851.


Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is the second largest city in Australia with a population of   over 4.8 million which accounts for 19.05% of the national population. Melbourne is Victoria’s business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state. On an average day around 854,000 people use the city, and each year Melbourne hosts over a million international visitors. 38 per cent of the population in Melbourne was born overseas. Melbourne’s multicultural atmosphere is set amongst Victorian-era buildings and gorgeous parklands.


The main industries people from Melbourne work in are 11.1% Health care and social assistance, 10.8% Manufacturing, 10.6% Retail trade, 9.1% Professional, scientific and technical services, 8.0% Construction, 8.0% Education and training, 5.9% Accommodation and food services, 5.1% Public administration and safety, 5.0% Wholesale trade.


The world’s first feature film, the Story of the Ned Kelly Gang was filmed and made in Melbourne in 1906.Melbourne’s Chinatown, established in 1854, is one of the oldest in the world. It is also home to the world’s longest Chinese dragon at more than 100 meters in length.


Melbourne is famous for major sporting events and is the self-proclaimed sports capital of the world. With year round events, Melbourne provides world class options for those who love sport: In autumn and winter Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football – Australia’s national sport.


In spring the world-renowned Spring Racing Carnival, includes the annual Melbourne Cup which is described as the race that stops the nation.  Summer features  national and international  cricket matches at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), golf events and tennis tournaments. The Australian Open tennis grand slam is hosted in Melbourne every January and the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix is held every March.


RMIT University

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise


One of Australia’s original public tertiary institutions having been founded in 1887, the institution gained University status in 1992. RMIT teaches almost 90,000 students per year and enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.


RMIT is a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.


Orange Sky Laundry


Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates something much bigger and more powerful.

2016 Young Australians of the Year and best mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 and since then, the world first

idea has rapidly expanded and includes mobile shower services as well. A catalyst for bringing people of all walks of life together, Orange Sky facilitates countless hours of conversations each week.


In February 2015, they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone effected communities. They worked in bushfire communities in the most recent natural disasters. Nic and Lucas have found a way to treat others the way they want to be treated by restoring respect, raising health standards and reducing the strain on resources. They continue to expand services Australia-wide with the aim of positively connecting the community and improving the lives of others.


Gurrowa Innovation Lab


Telstra operates the Gurrowa Innovation Lab. The Lab isn’t open to the general public. It’s not a new co-working space, not a new incubator, it’s a Lab, where a lot of research, development and Aussie innovation will be done.

Gurrowa means Interchange in the Wurung language and signifies the interchange of ideas that will take place in the co-creation space.

The model is designed to drive a new wave of innovation at Telstra.


Australian wine industry


The Australian wine industry is the world’s fifth largest exporter of wine with approximately 780 million litres a year to the international export market with only about 40% of production consumed domestically. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.


TarraWarra Museum of Art

Founded by Marc and Eva Besen, TarraWarra Estate continues to put the Yarra Valley on the map on both a national and international scale. With its first 6 hectares of vines planted    in 1983, the vineyard now occupies 28 hectares  of the 400-hectare farmland

The cellar door was designed by Kerstin Thompson to create  a  spectacular  space that is sympathetic to the environment, while

maintaining the connection to the original winery, built in 1986.


Under winemaker Clare Halloran and Vineyard Manager Stuart Sissins, all of TarraWarra’s wines are meticulously grown,  handpicked,  vinified and aged on site. The estate is best known

for its exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, alongside their single-block heritage varietals and blends.




Raheen is a heritage-listed Italianate mansion located in Kew. Built in the 1870s, its name means “little fort” in Irish. Raheen is owned by the Pratt family.


Raheen was constructed as a two-storey house in the Italianate style with a four-storey tower over the entrance and single-storey extension.

It was designed in an asymmetric and arcaded form, and is built of red brick with cement render. The property retains its garden layout, including an Italianate garden, outbuildings, fence and gates, and internal features including the original stairwell, library, ballroom and cast iron tower stairs.


National Gallery of Victoria


The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia.


Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles.


The world’s largest stained-glass ceiling in the NGV’s Great Hall, designed by Australian artist Leonard French


Melbourne CBD Laneways


The lanes and arcades of Melbourne, Australia, have collectively become culturally important and most recently centres for trendy restaurants and bars.

The Melbourne central business district’s numerous laneways, mostly date to the Victorian era of 1837-1901, and as a result of the original Hoddle Grid of 1837, they originated as service laneways for horses and carts. In some parts of the city, notably the Little Lonsdale area, they were associated with the city’s gold-rush era slums.


Kate Ceberano, AM


Multi ARIA award winning artist, Kate Ceberano, has been in the business for over 35 years – writing and performing both jazz and pop music – with seven Platinum and seven Gold albums to her name.

Multi ARIA award winning artist, Kate Ceberano, has been in the business for over 35 years – writing and performing both jazz and pop music

– with seven Platinum and seven Gold albums to her name.


Kate first came to prominence as a 15-year-old sensation fronting pop funk band, I’m Talking. After launching her solo career, she took out Best Female Artist at the ‘88 and ‘89 ARIA awards. In 1992, Kate hit the stage as Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. In 2014, Ceberano was the first woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame. In 2016 Kate was awarded an Order of Australia for service to performing arts and charities.


Kate is widely respected  across  multiple industries of film, television and music. In recent times, she has been celebrated in her three-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, transforming it into one of the most successful festivals in the country. Kate Ceberano is a bona fide national treasure, possessing one   of the great voices of her generation.