Outings

Outings are arranged on the second Tuesday  of each alternate month. Outings to a place of interest, which might occupy a morning or a full day, almost always include a luncheon together. Outings are well supported.

20190813_09330320190813_112232bThe last outing, in August, was a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol on Russell Street. The excellent guide kept the group entertained with tales about events at the original working jail … stories of the men and women prisoners, their hardships and their treatment in the early days of Melbourne  up to the hanging of Ned Kelly. . The existing building is only one section of the original, dating back to the mid-19th Century. After morning tea at a local cafe, many walked the short distance to Trades Hall to look at the murals showing the trades involved in the ‘Eight Hours’ movement.

The next outing will be on Tuesday 8th October. This will be a tour of the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street, Melbourne. Meet at 9:45 am for a tour at 10 am.

For further information about Club outings, please email here.

Here is some information about past Club outings:

The first Club outing for 2018, in February, was to Club Veneto in Bulleen. The origins of the Veneto Club stretch back to the 1960s. Quite a simple idea in the beginning – a little land and a humble clubhouse, where friends could meet, have a chat, a game of bocce, a glass of wine and some regional food. The Club has grown from this humble beginning to become a vibrant family and community hub. For further information click here. Members and friends enjoyed learning to play bocce, followed by a convivial lunch.

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20180410_113147The April Outing was a visit to the Airways Museum and Civil Aviation Historical Society, in Essendon Fields. The Airways Museum  houses a collection of national importance that traces the development of Australia’s civil aviation airways system through innovation and technical development from it’s beginnings in the 1920s to today. For further information about the Museum, please click here.

Following the Museum tour, we enjoyed lunch at the nearby Hyatt Hotel. For further photos from the April Outing, please click here.

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The Club Outing in June was a “front of house” Tour of the Arts Centre, Melbourne. Around 20 members and friends enjoyed the tour following morning tea. For more photos from our tour, please click on the image below.

The Club outing in August was a tour of the Abbotsford Convent This was enjoyed by twenty-three people. We were shown through only a small part of the eleven buildings and gardens, but learned so much history that was related to every aspect of the convent. It is always amazing to see what our ancestors could create without today’s technology and tools, .especially when a lot of it was done by women, namely, the nuns. After the guided tour many of us enjoyed lunch at the Bakery, where the breads we enjoyed in
sandwiches and rolls was baked in the wood-fired oven built in 1901.

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For more photos from the outing to Abbotsford Convent, please click here.

The Club outing in October 2018 was a train trip to Geelong during Seniors Week (and benefiting from free travel). After a visit to the excellent Archibald Prize exhibition at the Geelong Gallery, members enjoyed lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant of the Novotel Geelong.

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For more photos from the trip to Geelong, please click here.

The first Club Outing for 2019, in February, was to the Grainger Museum in Carlton. Those who attended were fascinated by the colourful life and achievements of the charismatic Percy Grainger – famous Australian pianist and composer.

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The April outing was a visit to the historic Bundoora Homestead and Gardens, on a beautiful autumn day. For some it was a very long tram trip to stop 62 and a fifteen minute walk to meet for morning tea. After a guided tour of the Homestead and Galleries, we lunched on the veranda looking out onto lawns and trees, including one gum tree estimated to be 1000 years old. A lovely relaxing day together.

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Islamic 1The June outing was a visit to the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury. The guide gave the group new sights into the history, the different cultures and arts related in Islam, and the Muslim followers from around the world including Australia.

For more photos please click here.