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Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Moomba

Melbourne's autumn Moomba carnival was first held in 1955, replacing the traditional Labour Day parade with a program of events not so different from today's festivities. Then as now, the Yarra was the focus, and the fireworks and floats, riverside carnival and watersports remain festival fixtures.

Reports from 1955 capture the lead-up to the event and the many activities, which were a huge hit with the crowds. Conservative commentators were appalled, viewing Moomba as a symptom of Melbourne's social decay, while some festivalgoers were appalled by the lack of cafes – not a complaint you'd hear today!

Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!

  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
  • Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed (note that the tag is case sensitive).
  • Share what you've fixed with friends and family.
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