This page presents the history of Melbourne for the Prelude and Main Sessions of the Vampire Sangfroid Chronicle
It will be updated regularly to inform about major and minor historical events of note for the players
Archaeological record for the region extends back approximately 40,000 years
- Stone from the Mt William Greenstone Quarry has been used for axes for roughly 10,000 years
- 9,000 years ago the Port Phillip Bay was dry land. The local stories talk about the spirit-creator Bunjil (the eagle) caused the low lying land to flood. There are many different stories about why it happened.
- Sunbury Earth Rings and Mounds constructed
- By the late 1780's introduced European diseases like smallpox spread southwards and began to infect the Aboriginal people in Victoria
- 1800 (approx) A 16 year old girl died and was buried in fine possum skins and jewelry in a cave along a basalt cliff, a victim of the new disease
- Bebejan, Billibilery and other Elders of the Kulin Nations meet John Fawkner and John Batman in 1835- the exact location of this meeting is currently disputed
These are some of the historical events which occurred in the region post European arrival
- David Collins’ party of marines and convicts had been stationed briefly at Sullivan’s Cove (Sorrento) in 1802–03
- Edward Henty (28 March 1810 – 14 August 1878) was a pioneer and first permanent European settler in the Port Phillip district (later Victoria), Australia at what is now Portland
- 1851 marks the start of the Gold Rush in Victoria
- 1852 Johann Joseph Eugen von Guerard arrived in Victoria. He was a talented landscape painter who became first master of the School of Painting at the National Gallery of Victoria.
- By 1861, the Chinese community made up nearly 7% of the Victorian population. Melbourne’s Little Bourke Street first became a bustling center for Chinese cultural and business activity at this time. Later as the gold ran out the focus changed to market gardening, importing goods or setting up laundries.
- 1863: Coranderrk set up at the request of William Barak and Simon Wonga as a piece of land that they could farm and earn a living. Coranderrk growers won the gold medal for their hops at the International Exhibition in Melbourne
- Breweries were an important part of early British settlement of Melbourne: The North Melbourne Brewery was established by Theodore Rosenberg (who purchased the site in 1858) of Rosenburg & Co. at 24 Bouverie Street. This property later became the main brewing center for Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) when the Carlton, Fosters, Victoria, Shamrock, Castlemaine and McCracken breweries united in 1907
- Kew Asylum in Melbourne, which by the 1890's was the largest in Australia, was planned in the 1850's, built on a prominent site in the 1860's, and opened in the early 1870's with accommodation for over 500 patients.
Recent local events that may or may not be known to the new arrivals
- 2 February – The Brighton tornado, the strongest storms ever recorded in Melbourne, strike the suburb of Brighton, killing two people
- 21 March – John Bowser resigns as Premier of Victoria after his railway estimates bill is defeated in parliament. Harry Lawson forms a composite ministry of Liberal factions, including Bowser as Chief Secretary and Minister for Public Health.
- 7 September – premiers of the 1918 VFL season the South Melbourne Swans defeat the Collingwood Magpies 9.8 (62) to 7.15 (57)
- 6 October – Australia's first electric train service begins, between Newmarket and Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
Prelude Melbourne 1919
Melbourne of 1919 is on the cusp of social and political change, yet again. The federation, the Great War and now the Spanish flu (which has not reached the city) have brought about an unstable time. Gangs bootlegging alcohol are running riot in the slums.
Into this mix the Vampire Prince of the City has invited, brought, summoned or otherwise gathered new inhabitants to this safe city.
The arrivals have occurred over the last 6 months
The first thing that these new arrivals learn when presenting themselves at Court is that the boundary of Melbourne is the extent of where they can safely tread. Explained to them by the Scourge William Buckley, this limitation is part of a treaty with those who live beyond. Vampires who do wrong have been known to be banished there for punishment.
There are no restrictions on sea travel in and out but travel into the rural lands and into the interior are restricted.
What is known about the Spanish Flu as it affects Vampires will be given to players prior to the first prelude session.
Currently none of the new arrivals have territory
The city currently extends from Williamstown, Footscray and Essendon in the west to Heidelberg and Bulleen in the East. Coburg and Preston are the northern boundary of the urban area and to the south there is not much beyond Moorabin.
To be updated during the three prelude sessions
- Novgorod. Steamship, 5285 tonss. Lbd 390 x 50.7 x 28 ft. Commandeered by the British from the Russian in 1918 entered Port Phillip in April to debark the first troops returning home from World War 1.
To be updated during the main sessions