Melbourne Club

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The Melbourne Club is at 36 Collins Street


The Melbourne Club was founded by squatters in 1839. It moved to it present location in 1858.

Importance of Melbourne Club

The Melbourne was known as the leading men's club in Victoria. Many of its members have had significant positions in Government and commerce. Police Commissioner Standish was a member and many of his officers were concerned that things were arranged in the club between Standish and a small group of senior police who were also members.

When Robert McBean of Kilfera was stuck up by Harry Power he met Standish in the Melbourne Club and arranged for the police to put a reward of £500 for Power's capture



What was the Melbourne Club like in the late 1870s

Links to the KellyGang

Sup Hare was concerned that he was excluded from Standish's world because he was not a member of the Melbourne Club

Standish met the Chief Secretary Mr Ramsay at about 5 pm on 27/6/1880 and informed him about Sherritt's death and the request that O'Connor and the trackers return (RC 77)

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What to see

What happened at the Melbourne Club after the time of the Kelly Gang

The Melbourne Club continues to be one of Victoria's leading clubs for men Melbourne Club-

linked to the Kelly Country and Ned Kelly's story