Melbourne Club

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Melbourne Club

The Melbourne Club is a private social club established in 1838 and located at 36 Collins Street, Melbourne; adjacent to the Lyceum Club, which is located in Ridgway Place, Melbourne.

The club is a symbol of Australia's British 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.[1] The Melbourne Club building is of architectural significance as a rare intact example of a nineteenth-century purpose-built clubhouse in the Victorian Renaissance style.

At the rear of the Club building is a private courtyard garden, maintained by arborist-horticulturalist John Fordham, which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register,[2] 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.[2]

The Melbourne Club courtyard garden

The Melbourne Club does not allow female membership.[3]

Notable members[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Other notable members:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNicoll, Ronald (1988). Number 36 Collins Street (2008 ed.). Australia: Allen & Unwin/Haynes in conjunction with the Melbourne Club. ISBN 978 0 04378 008 4.
  2. ^ a b Young, Helen (20 February 2016). "Open gardens: Melbourne Club's walled oasis". The Australian. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Men's clubs remain women-free zones". 25 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. ^ Melbourne Club (1857). Rules and regulations of the Melbourne Club, Victoria. Melbourne : Goodhugh & Hough, Printers.
  5. ^ "Exclusive clubs feud over highrise plan". ABC Radio. 15 February 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2010.

Coordinates: 37°48′49″S 144°58′21″E / 37.81361°S 144.97250°E / -37.81361; 144.97250