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    (August 30, 1835- )
    Capital of Victoria
    Former capital of Australia (1901-27)
    Population of 3.8 million (2007 estimate)
    The first European settlement in the area was abandoned after five months (1803).
    It lost its status as Australia's capital to Canberra.
    It lost its status as Australia's business and financial center to Sydney during the 1970s.
    It was the site of two shooting sprees in the same year (1987): the Hoddle Street Massacre (7 dead) and Queen Street Massacre (8 dead).
    Its changeable weather is described with the phrase 'four seasons in one day.'
    It is considered Australia's sports and cultural capital.
    It features a mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture.
    It was Douglas MacArthur's Allied Pacific Headquarters (1942-44).
    It was named Most Livable City by 'The Economist' three times (2002,2004-05).

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