Victoria, Australia




Victoria
* Australia *

One of the most popular region’s of Australia is the state of “Victoria” and most notable as such due to the city of “Melbourne”. It is the second largest state in all of Australia even though it is geographically the smallest of the mainland states. It is bordered by New South Wales to the North, South Australia to the West, Tasmania to the south. It was named after the monarch “Queen Victoria”. It was founded shortly after the colony of New South Wales in 1788 when Austalia was divided into the eastern half called “New South Wales” and the western half called “New Holland”. Its first European settlement was called “Victoria” in 1803 and consisted of 308 convicts, 51 marines, 17 free settlers, 12 civil officers, a missionary and his wife – all of whom were sent on the HMS Calcutta from England under command of Captain Daniel Woodriff in an attempt to beat the French to colonizing the area. Victoria’s 2nd settlement was Portland. The City of Melbourne was founded in 1835 by John Batman. Gold was discovered in Victoria in 1851 first at Ballarat then Bendigo and later across Victoria setting a mad gold rush beating some of those popular in the States causing rapid colonial population growth and economic power booms. Victoria’s population incresed from 76,000 inhabitants to 540,000 in ten years attracting immigrants from all over the world including Ireland and China. 1854 saw a armed rebellion against the government in Ballarat protesting against mining taxes called the Eureka Stockade which was crushed by British troops. This led to the Imperial Government granting Victoria its own responsible government with the passage of the Colony of Victoria Act of 1855. The colony of Victoria sent troops and a warship to New Zealand to become part of the Maori Wars. By 1901 Victoria became a state in the Commonwealth of Australia and Melbourne became the financial center of Australia and New Zealand. From 1901-1927 Melbourne was the Capital of Australia until Canberra was developed. By 2006 Victoria had over 4,900,000 residents and by 2010 reached over 5,547,500. Melbourne has the world’s largest tram network and the International Airport is the major domestic and international gateway for the state. Its port in Melbourne is the largest for container and general cargo in all of Australia.



Driving Around Victoria:


Beechworth Bakery antique car on the
highway in Victoria. April 15, 2011.

 


Beechworth Bakery antique car on the
highway in Victoria. April 15, 2011.


Beechworth Bakery antique car on the
highway in Victoria. April 15, 2011.

 


Highway scene, Victoria, Australia


Koala:


koala crossing, Highway scene
, Victoria, Australia

 


koala crossing, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


Driving Around Victoria:


countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia

 


countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


Mt. Tenneriffe, countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


Mt. Tenneriffe, countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


Mt. Tenneriffe, countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


Mt. Tenneriffe, countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


antique car, countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


Koala:

 


Koala crossing/ antique car, countryside,
Highway scene, Victoria, Australia


Koala crossing, countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia

 


countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia



Driving Around Victoria:


rest area; countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia

 


Sir Bluey Bee at the rest area for lunch;
countryside, Highway scene, Victoria, Australia


Sir Thomas Leaf at the rest area for lunch;
countryside, Highway scene, Victoria, Australia

 


countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia


countryside, Highway scene,
Victoria, Australia

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