Athenæum Club Melbourne: A New History of the Early Years 1868–1918 by Paul de Serville Athenæum Club, 2013, 514 pages In mid-1868 two new clubs were established in Melbourne, the Athenæum and the Yorick. Plans for the Athenæum were under way by April when the proprietor, the architect J.G. Knight, advertised for staff and for tradesmen to begin renovations of the building he had leased in Collins Street. A prospectus was sent out to the press and on May 2 the Age and the Herald announced: The special aim of the founders of the club is to promote social…
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