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Founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen's Land in what was then the colony of New South Wales, it was incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837. It was named "Melbourne" by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke, in honor of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.
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    • Essentials 

    • Pre-European settlement 

    • European exploration 

    • Foundation of town 

    • Early settlement 

    • 1850s Gold Rush 

    • 1880s and 1890s expansion 

    • 1891 economic bust 

    • "Australia's capital": 1901-1927 

    • Interwar period 

    • World War II 

    • Post World War II 

    • 2000s