18th December 2018



Still planning your Christmas dinner? How about a roast turkey and rich plum pudding.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 20th December 1953.

New finds:

Naval and Military Club (Victoria) by Stokes

The motto translates as ‘United Service”.

According to the site emelbourne.net.au

“Formed in 1881 as a meeting place for officers, the Naval and Military Club is reputedly the oldest service club in Australia with a continuous history. First known as the Pipeclay Club …  It moved quarters many times before acquiring 7 Alfred Place (the former German Club) in 1920. By then, as a result of World War I, its membership had greatly increased. In 1967 it moved to a new clubhouse at 27 Little Collins Street.

In its first years it held lectures on military topics but this activity was taken over by the United Services Institution after 1889. Distinguished presidents include General Sir John Monash and Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey. Membership was extended to civilians after long years of peace, and to women in 1992.”

Courtesy of Victorian hertitage Database:
6 Alfred Place , former German Club, then Naval and Military Club, then Mietta’s resturant.

The club in Little Collins Street, Melbourne.  (from melbourne heritage.org.au)

Can’t say that I’m impressed that it took so long to admit women considering their involment in the military long before this. In 2009 it closed with massive debts and declining membership.

see also: http://pipe.snapdev.com.au/news/14701/our-history

NSW Fire Brigade by Stokes & Sons:

The New South Wales Fire Brigade was formed in 1910. It was renamed Fire and Rescue NSW in 2011. Before then there had been military, insurance and volunteer brigades, and from 1884, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

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