Melbourne was founded in 1835 and grew very rapidly during the gold rush of the 1850s, and its heyday as Marvellous Melbourne was in the 1880s. Today it is a major metropolis housing more than 4 million Melburnians who come from many countries. More than one-in-three of us were born overseas.
Engineering has played a huge part in Melbourne’s development, and this tour will explore some of the engineering heritage gems of the city. An early focus was on transport infrastructure, principally to facilitate the importation of people and goods. The wealth from the gold rush enabled the city to develop rapidly and magnificently.
The guided tour will take in some of the city bridges, selected buildings of note from an engineering heritage perspective and evidence of some early utility services. Participants will need to be comfortable with walking a total distance of about 5 km and choose footwear accordingly. A rain jacket or coat may also be advisable depending on the weather forecast for the tour days. It is planned to have a stop at a coffee shop for refreshment part of the way through the tour.
Have fun exploring the centre of our city!