A big hello to you all from your cold travel kitty! Yes, the temperatures here in Sydney have dropped significantly and I am currently curled up in a small ball with a cup of warm Catniptini (which as always is very delicious!)
Today as I look out of the bedroom window, I am delighted to share my favourite facts with you and today I am very excited to share my favourite facts about Melbourne 🙂
So let me share them with you all!
1. Vegemite was invented in Melbourne! It first hit the shelves of Australia in 1923 and is the Australian alternative to Marmite, which is popular in the UK! Meow-tastic!
2. The Queen Victoria market has been going since 1878 and it is the largest open air market in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere! So that means…it is the largest Southern Hemispheric market in the Milky Way! WOWMEOW!
3. Melbourne’s first newspaper, ‘The Melbourne Advertiser’ was first published in January 1838. Purr-tacular! Reading for the masses (including smart travel cats)
4. In 1882, ‘The Doll Hospital’ for dolls and stuffed animals was first opened and it still exists today! Now this kitty knows where to go if she needs a stuffing transplant. Purr-fect 🙂
5. The National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest art museum in Australia and you can find it on St. Kilda Road! This kitty loves art and history!
6. The Melbourne Cup was first run as far back as 1861 and Archer was the first ever winner! Cat-urb!
7. Melbourne was originally going to be called ‘Batmania’ due to the many bats that swarm the skies at sunset. Melbourne was eventually named after the British Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, who lived in a village called Melbourne in the county of Derbyshire in England. Melbourne became a city, after Queen Victoria declared it so on the 25th of June 1847! Cat-tacular!
8. Ned Kelly (the infamous bushranger) was hanged (eek!) on the 11th of November 1880! His death mask was put on display in Bourke Street…very creepy for this kitty!
9. Pubs in Melbourne used to be required to close at 6pm! (What?) right up until 1966! This was where the term ‘The six o clock swill’ first started. People would rush to buy drinks after work, before closing time, which meant many people became quite drunk quite early on in the day. NB: This still applies to students and travel cats (especially where Catniptinis are concerned!)
10. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD OF VICTORIA. Enough Said. Just CAT-TASTIC!
This small cat really hopes you enjoyed her favourite facts about Melbourne 🙂 Until next time!
Your (cute) travel cat, Tabs xxxxxx