A Brit Abroad

My British Escapades In Europe And The Rest Of The World.
All photos are my own, unless otherwise specified.

Melbourne claims to be the longest continuously running China Town in the world. Basically Melbourne has had a Chinese population from the beginning; about 50,000 of their 700,000 people at the end of the Gold Rush were Chinese immigrants.

The Old Melbourne Gaol: used to house all of Melbourne’s criminals, the worst offenders at the bottom and decreasing in severity as you go up. About 125 people were hung in there, including the famous Ned Kelly, a bushranger (outlaw) who used to go about stealing horses and robbing banks with his three sidekicks who made up the Kelly Gang, until they were all caught and either killed or imprisoned.

The Old Melbourne Gaol: used to house all of Melbourne’s criminals, the worst offenders at the bottom and decreasing in severity as you go up. About 125 people were hung in there, including the famous Ned Kelly, a bushranger (outlaw) who used to go about stealing horses and robbing banks with his three sidekicks who made up the Kelly Gang, until they were all caught and either killed or imprisoned.

The Exhibition Building: January 1st 1901 parliament met here for the very first time and this was the site of parliament for 26 years before Australia finally named Canberra capital of Australia. No one could decide between Sydney and Melbourne, so they voted Canberra to be the capital to make it fair. Supposedly, that is why it took 26 years to move to Canberra, because they had to build it into a city first. This is also the first building to ever fly the Australian flag. Now this is where exhibitions are held (art and such) as well as where the Universities in the area sit their exams.

The Exhibition Building: January 1st 1901 parliament met here for the very first time and this was the site of parliament for 26 years before Australia finally named Canberra capital of Australia. No one could decide between Sydney and Melbourne, so they voted Canberra to be the capital to make it fair. Supposedly, that is why it took 26 years to move to Canberra, because they had to build it into a city first. This is also the first building to ever fly the Australian flag. Now this is where exhibitions are held (art and such) as well as where the Universities in the area sit their exams.