Melbourne Club

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Group.png Melbourne Club  
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Melbourne Club entrance.jpg
HeadquartersMelbourne, Australia
Membership• Sir Isaac Isaacs
• Richard Casey
• Ninian Stephen
• Peter Hollingworth
• Henry Winneke
• James Gobbo
• Alex Cherno
• John Latham
• Owen Dixon
• Daryl Dawson
• Kenneth Madison Hayne
• William Foster Stawel
• William Irvine
• Frederick Mann
• Edmund Herring
• Henry Winnek
• John McIntosh Young
• Viscount Bruce of Melbourne
• Malcolm Fraser
• John Bloomfield
• Andrew Peacock
• Brudenell White
• William Johnston
• William Bridges
• William Mitchell
• Charles MacMaho
• Frederick Standish
• Robert O’Hara Burk
• Arthur Streeton
• Daryl Lindsay
• William Dargie
• James Balderstone
Australian deep state milieu

The Melbourne Club is a private social club established in 1838 and located at 36 Collins Street, Melbourne. The present and historical membership lists and number of members are kept a secret[1], but is believed to be around 1500[2].

It has connections to similar clubs around country Victoria, and the membership, linked to "old money", is of heavily Anglo-Celtic stock.[2]

The membership is male only, and one needs to be sponsored by several of the other members (5 or 6), to sign and recommend you. Then, when a slot opens up if they are at full capacity, and at the usually annual meeting for this purpose they will vote on members being put up for membership. If one member says no, the answer is no. It’s about $30k to join if one is young. The annual fee, is around $2000[1], but in some cases could be as high as $50k.

As late as 1994, the Liberal Party anointed its new leader in a private room at the Melbourne Club, where party president Tony Staley told Alexander Downer the job could be his.[1]

The Premises

The club is a symbol of Australia's British social heritage and was established at a gathering of 23 gentlemen on Saturday, 17 December 1838, and initially used John Pascoe Fawkner's hotel on the corner of Collins Street and Market Street.[3]

The Melbourne Club moved to new purpose-built premises at the eastern end of Collins Street, designed by Leonard Terry in Renaissance Revival style, in 1859.[4] A dining room wing with a bay window was added at the western end in 1885, designed by Terry and Oakden. It includes, among other rooms, a library, main dining room, private dining room, breakfast room, billiard rooms, lawn room and bedrooms. The building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[4]

At the rear of the Club building is a private courtyard garden, maintained by arborist-horticulturalist John Fordham, which is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register,[5] and is the location of garden parties and private functions. The garden contains the largest plane tree in Victoria, according to the National Trust's Register of Significant Trees.[5]

The Melbourne Club does not allow female membership.[6] The female-only Lyceum Club, located directly behind in Ridgway Place, enjoys views of the trees of the Melbourne Club's gardens.

Notable members

Frederick Powlett (1811–1865) was a founding member in 1838 as well as being a founding member and the first recorded president of the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1838. He was a public servant, a police magistrate and later chief commissioner of Crown Lands.

Other notable members:


Known members

2 of the 32 of the members already have pages here:

Richard CaseyAustralian who founded ASIS
Malcolm Fraser