Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the oldest continuous living cultures in the history of the world – they go back at least 50,000 years ago. There are many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, made up of people from a rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribal groups throughout Australia which each speak their own languages and have distinctive cultural beliefs and traditions.
The Aboriginal Bidi (paths) have become today’s highways and roads. When the south west was explored by the Europeans, they commented on the existence of well clear paths and tracks between major campsites and places where favourite food and other resources could be collected. Early colonial roads frequently followed the line of Whadjuk tracks as many of these tracks passed water resources.
Milestones Towards Today's City of Melville
1901 - Melville Roads Boards was established
1904 - first Melville Roads Board building constructed on Kintail Road, Applecross
1912 - Telegraphy station opens at Wireless Hill
1913 - Melville Roads Board Council chambers built on cnr of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Bicton
1962 - We became the Town of Melville
1968 - We became the City of Melville
2018 - We celebrated our 50th milestone as the City of Melville. As part of the City of Melville's 50th anniversary we reached out to the community to find some interesting stories from our long-time Melville residents.
The City of Melville Crest
The meaning behind the City of Melville armorial bearings.