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One of the convicts from the settlement, named William Buckley, escaped and was adopted by a local Aboriginal tribe with whom he lived for 32 years.

Christ Church (Anglican), designed by Edmund Blacket and built from 1843 to 1847, is the state's oldest church in continuous use.

Geelong's first house of any substance was built that same year.

Cowie and Stead erected a lookout on what is now Bell Post Hill in order that incoming ships be quickly spotted; the reason being that goods from Van Dieman's Land had to be left at Point Henry as a sandbar prevented the entry of large vessels into the bay.

“The Classic Sale has produced some of Australia’s best Group 1 performers in recent years including reigning Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and the likes of I Am A star, Yankee Rose and Extreme Choice just to name a few,’’ D’Arcy said.

“The inaugural Gold Riband session was an overwhelming success last year and with it again being on opening night in 2018 – which doubles as opening night of our new Riverside Stables complex – Saturday February 10 is going to be one memorable day and night.’’ The Inglis Classic Yearling Sale begins at 6pm on February 10 and runs until Tuesday February 13.

All yearlings offered at an Inglis Yearling Sale are eligible for entry into the lucrative $6m Inglis Race Series.

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The first Europeans to visit Port Phillip Bay were the party of Lieutenant John Murray in 1802.