Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Australian State of the Month – Victoria

Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of Australia in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. Only one more to go after this!


Origin of name  as you probably will have guessed, the State is named in honour of Queen Victoria – who had been queen for 14 years when the state was established.

Nicknames – The Garden State


Capital – Melbourne, lovely people, sports mad.  Melbourne has trams and unusual rules at intersections in the central city.

Flower – Pink heath

State Animal – Leadbeater's possum – possums seem to be protected in Australia whereas in New Zealand they are pests.

State Bird – Helmeted honeyeater

State Sport – Aussie Rules – I don't have a clue about the rules but the outfits are quite nice.

Signature foods – Chiko Roll – invented by a Victorian

Famous places to visit – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Yarra Valley (wineries), The Twelve Apostles, Torquay

Famous people from Victoria – Dame Edna Everage, Cate Blanchett, Pat Cash (tennis), Germaine Greer, Kylie & Danni Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy

1 comment:

  1. The Garden State? That is fun! In the US we have one of those too!


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