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For the first time, Melbourne Day can now be integrated into AUSVELS curriculum easily with the launch of an interactive, colourful educational e-book for primary schools. The release of the e-book is part of the Melbourne’s 181st birthday anniversary celebrations that culminate on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Entitled “Gilbert & The Guardians of Melbourne”, the e-book takes readers on a tour of Melbourne’s historic landmarks through the eyes of the tabby cat who arrived on the Enterprize with the first European settlers on 30 August, 1835. The character cat is Gilbert, named after its owner Mary Gilbert.

Highlighting the wonderful attributes of our city, author Jo Clyne and illustrator Scarlet Sykes-Hesterman use a range of elements that have shaped Melbourne - educating young Melburnians on how far we've come as a city. Written for years three to five primary school students, this fun, engaging and interactive e-book aims to clarify the historical events about who actually discovered Melbourne.

Developed by the History Teachers' Associations of Victoria (HTAV) and Melbourne Day Committee, the e-book - attached with teaching resource notes - is ideal for teachers to use in classrooms and parents at home to ensure that the founding of Melbourne's history is as well-known as that of Australia's.

It is available as a free download from the HTAV and Melbourne Day websites. It follows teacher Mrs Catterall who takes Azura, Peter and Lizzie on an exciting tour on Melbourne's very own Metro Trains, filled with discovery, Aboriginal history, landmarks, culture and events.

"Melbourne Day is committed to educating our younger Melburnians, giving them the opportunity to become involved in a number of free and fun activities - as we prepare to celebrate our 181st birthday, whilst encouraging children to learn about Melbourne's history, city landmarks and icons," said Campbell Walker, Melbourne Day Committee chairman.

In a separate event, students have the chance to become the Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne - the little big boss of Melbourne. The competition (with thanks to 13CABS) gives students the opportunity to be the Junior Lord Mayor for 2016, and raise the Melbourne flag at Enterprize Park on Melbourne Day, and engage in many important junior mayoral duties throughout the year.

Melbourne Day has been supported by Melbourne Water - acknowledging the historical importance of fresh water to the founding of Melbourne .

Free and downloadable e-book: MelbourneDay.com.au or Htav.asn.au

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