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A Chronology
Timeline through letters

1837
First overland mail leaves Sydney for Melbourne; it takes two weeks to arrive.

1837

William Buckley, who had lived with the aboriginal people on the Bellarine Peninsula for thirty-two years, departs for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) to start a new life.
1839
A major flood on Christmas Day washes away the beginnings of a dam across the Yarra River at the Falls, near present-day William Street.
1841
A post office opens at Portland, the third to open in the Port Phillip District after Melbourne and Geelong.
1845
Charles Joseph La Trobe selects the site for the Botanic Gardens on the south side of the Yarra River.
1845
Charles Joseph La Trobe sets out on his second attempt to reach Cape Otway to fix a site for a light house.
1851
Victoria seeks military reinforcements from New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land to deal with disorder on the goldfields.

1852

Charles Joseph La Trobe despatches his resignation to England, after 14 years.
 

1853

Charles Joseph La Trobe turns the first sod of Yan Yean Reservoir.
 
1855
Foundation stones are laid for Parliament House.
1855
The Melbourne Gas Works are lit for the first time.

1857
The Yan Yean Reservoir is opened.

1875
Charles Joseph La Trobe dies at Litlington, near Eastbourne, Sussex, aged 74.

 

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Compiled by Helen Armstrong, presentation by John Botham
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