Early Melbourne

John Wesley Burtt (1839–1917), Batman’s treaty with the Aborigines at 
Merri Creek, 6th June 1835  c.1875, Oil on canvas. Reproduced courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
John Wesley Burtt (1839–1917), Batman’s treaty with the Aborigines at Merri Creek, 6th June 1835 c.1875, Oil on canvas. Reproduced courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

See the earliest maps of Melbourne and descriptions of the European settlement of Melbourne in 1835. Discover how the Port Philip District was illegally settled by Batman and Fawkner and then developed into a thriving city.

See how surveyor Robert Hoddle influenced the mapping of Victoria and how Melbourne and the Yarra River have changed over time.

And why was Burke and Wills' 1860 expedition such a triumph and a disaster? Learn how the expedition camels were first introduced to Australia.

Find out more at Public Record Office Victoria - Online Exhibitions.

 

 

The 1866 Isometric Map of Melbourne

The 1866 map of Melbourne shows the extraordinary rapid development that took place in Melbourne from the first discovery of gold in the 1850s.