Melbourne Serviced Apartments
Melbourne's story is one of a bayside settlement that grew beside a river to become one of the world's most exciting cosmopolitan cities. From the humble beginnings of a few tents and bark huts, the city has experienced boom and bust periods, gold fever, two world wars and an influx of immigrants. It is today a vibrant cultural melting pot loved dearly by all who live there.
Between 1851 and 1861 one third of the world's gold was produced in the state of Victoria. Such wealth led to the growth of cultural institutions such as the University of Melbourne (1854), the National Gallery of Victoria (1861), and the State Library (1864). The city offered churches, theaters (such as the Princess Theatre built in 1854), clubs and sports—notably horse racing, cricket, and football. The arts flourished. The fledgling government believed in conservation and education and in 1872 the historic Victorian Education Act made schooling compulsory and tuition free.
People from Italy and Greece arrived in the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout the world, only Athens and Salonika now have larger Greek populations. Refugees from Cambodia and Vietnam made Melbourne their home in the 1970s and 1980s and were joined by people from India, the Philippines and Malaysia. The latest wave of immigrants comes from North Africa.