How the Melbourne Cup is viewed in Melbourne
Melbourne is the home of the Melbourne Cup, and it has been popular since the first race, which occurred just ten years after the gold rush which exponentially increased the population of Melbourne.
The first Melbourne Cup was held at Flemington race course on Thursday 7 November 1861. The prize was not all that large, but nonetheless a crowd of 4,000 men and women watched the race.
Unfortunately, this was not long after news of the death of Burke and Wills reached the Melbourne settlement, and it may have had an impact on the number of people who would attend the race.
The winner of this first Melbourne Cup race was archer in a time of 3.52.00, ridden by John Cutt.
Two of the starters died in this race, sadly.