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The first British settlement was in 1803 at Sullivan Bay on Port Phillip. A convict settlement was established on the bay in 1826. Melbourne was settled in 1835. Independence of Victoria from New South Wales was granted on 1 July 1851. Victoria was named after Queen Victoria. Gold was discovered near Ballarat days later that triggered a gold rush such that the population grew sevenfold in 10 years. Victoria became a state in the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901
Sovereign Hill in Victoria, just a couple of hours drive from where I grew up in Melbourne. This is one of the best historical recreations I've ever experienced and it has won Museum & Tourism Awards since it first opened to the public! ~M x

Sovereign Hill in Victoria, just a couple of hours drive from where I grew up in Melbourne. This is one of the best historical recreations I've ever experienced and it has won Museum & Tourism Awards since it first opened to the public! ~M x

The Dog on the Tuckerbox is one of the few characters in Australian song to have his own monument. Erected in 1932, it still marks a popular resting place for passers-by.  Gundagai, Australia

The Dog on the Tuckerbox is one of the few characters in Australian song to have his own monument. Erected in 1932, it still marks a popular resting place for passers-by. Gundagai, Australia

Mount Macedon, Small Town, Melbourne, State Of Victoria, Australia, Europe, Geography, http://www.travelmagma.com/australia/things-to-do-in-melbourne#.VSUOv2PI-1E

Mount Macedon, Small Town, Melbourne, State Of Victoria, Australia, Europe, Geography, http://www.travelmagma.com/australia/things-to-do-in-melbourne#.VSUOv2PI-1E

Visit Noojee Trestle Bridge, the tallest surviving bridge in Victoria and walk the 6 km return rail trail through forest and ferns.

Visit Noojee Trestle Bridge, the tallest surviving bridge in Victoria and walk the 6 km return rail trail through forest and ferns.

The winding Great Alpine Road in Bright, Victoria.

The winding Great Alpine Road in Bright, Victoria.

Bright Victoria : Picnic spots by the Ovens River : Alpine Valley Getaways

Bright Victoria : Picnic spots by the Ovens River : Alpine Valley Getaways

Mackenzies Falls, Grampians National Park (1947). State Library of Victoria.

Mackenzies Falls, Grampians National Park (1947). State Library of Victoria.

Clunes. View looking south 124 Miles N from Melbourne. [picture] , State Library of Victoria

Clunes. View looking south 124 Miles N from Melbourne. [picture] , State Library of Victoria