On This Day – 31st August 1849

Such a phenomenon has been witnessed on several occasions, even in the heart of our great city. But only once and once only, has Melbourne had a snowstorm to equal the great old city’s of Europe. On the morning of the 31st of August 1849, the mercury dropped and snow began to fall, and soon old timers reminisced about their childhood as snow covered the streets, huts and tents. So deep was the covering that Melbourne came to a standstill, and the snowman population rivalled that of the inhabitants.