Kings Domain
Government House in the south-east corner of Kings Domain
TypePublic Park
LocationMelbourne, Australia
Coordinates37°49′42″S 144°58′39″E / 37.8282598°S 144.9775815°E / -37.8282598; 144.9775815Coordinates: 37°49′42″S 144°58′39″E / 37.8282598°S 144.9775815°E / -37.8282598; 144.9775815
Area36 hectares
Opened1854
StatusOpen
PathsSealed
TerrainUndulating hills, Riverbank
WaterYarra River
VegetationAustralian Native, Lawns, Non-native traditional gardens
Connecting transportTram, Bus, Car
LandmarksYarra River, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Shrine of Remembrance, Government House, Indigenous Remains Memorial, Various statues
FacilitiesToilets, Shelters, Seating

Kings Domain is an area of parklands in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It surrounds Government House Reserve, the home of the governors of Victoria, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and the Shrine Reserve incorporating the Shrine of Remembrance.

The park was established in 1854, extending the Domain Parklands further north-west, it covers an area of 36 hectares of lawns and pathways set among non-native and native Australian mature trees, a mixture of deciduous and evergreens. In the 19th century the Kings Domain was managed by the Director of the Botanic Gardens, so many of the trees were planted by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller and later by William Guilfoyle. Around the Domain are scattered memorial statues and sculptures, each with their own story.

Kings Domain is part of a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes;

Structures & other features

2006 Aboriginal Protest Campsite

In March 2006, during the Commonwealth Games, an Aboriginal activist group calling itself "Black GST" (Genocide, Sovereignty, Treaty) set up a campsite there in protest against Aboriginal living conditions and the absence of a treaty between the original indigenous inhabitants of the area and the present Government. On 11 April 2006, they were granted a further 30 days to keep their fire going, despite a Supreme Court order that they remove their tents by 2pm on 13 April 2006. The aboriginal protesters have since removed their tents, but are now sleeping in a dilapidated caravan parked in an all day car park. The Melbourne City Council has since started fining them $50 per day for overstaying the time limit. Protection (under a Court order) for the fire expired on 10 May 2006 and shortly after midnight on that date, council workers extinguished it.

References

  1. ^ "Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ Melway Greater Melbourne Street Directory (Map) (32 ed.). Melway Publishing. 2005. p. Map 1D. § V11. ISBN 0-909439-06-0.
  3. ^ "Edward George Honey Memorial". City of Melbourne.
  4. ^ Masanauskas, John (30 November 2019). "Sculpture featuring giant pine cone proposed for Melbourne park as Gallipoli commemoration". Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ Rainforth, Dylan (11 November 2014). "Trentham sculptor Matthew Harding wins $300,000 Anzac commission". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Australian Turkish Friendship Memorial (Seeds of Friendship)". City of Melbourne. 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2021.