Organisation entry The Wallaby Club (1894 - )
The Wallaby Club was founded in 1894 and held its first official walk on 23 June 1894. The Club motto À Votre Santé [to your health] neatly captures the spirit of the Club and its objectives of walking, talking, good companionship and entertaining engagement.
In 1894, 'it occurred to a Melbourne physician, Dr Henry, that there was room for a club embodying the Johnsonian definition, "an assembly of good fellows, meeting under certain conditions", and including some special qualifications that would form a bond of sympathy between members. Professional men, including artists, teachers, musicians, writers, and thinking men of all kinds, men who had done something for their calling or for their community, were to be sought. One thing in addtition was essential. Members must be fond of walking, not in the athletic sense - athleticism was rather anathema to the founder and projectors of the Club - but as a means of reasonable outdoor enjoyment that would be conducive to health, conversation and good companionship.'
'As the public park in Athens formed the original Academy pf the Greek philosophers, so the open spaces in the bush lands around Melbourne were to be the habitat of the proposed Club. The idea was sound, and the cooperation of a few well-known men of Melbourne was secured. The first members to be enrolled were three medical men, four senior schoolmasters, a leading dentist, and a young Unviersity professor.' Alfred Hart [page 9]
They held their first meeting in Dr Henry's rooms at 54 Collins Street, Melbourne on 22 June 1894, and drew up resolutions, which although they have evloved through time, still well capture the spirit of the Club.
- Hart, Alfred, History of the Wallaby Club, vol. I, Anderson, Gowan Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1944. Details
- Woodburn, J.L.F., History of the Wallaby Club, vol. II, Anderson, Gowan Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1954. Details
- Attwood, Harold (ed.), The History of the Wallaby Club, 1894-1994, Volume 1 1894-1943; Volume 2 1944-1954; The Centenary History 1955-1994, Landscape Publications, Mont Albert, 1993, 143 pp. Details
- Wallaby Club Logo Early Version
- 1894? - ?
Sources used to compile this entry: Attwood, Harold (ed.), The History of the Wallaby Club, 1894-1994, Volume 1 1894-1943; Volume 2 1944-1954; The Centenary History 1955-1994, Landscape Publications, Mont Albert, 1993, 143 pp.
Prepared by: Gavan McCarthy
Created: 11 January 2007, Last modified: 27 June 2011
A Private Club
The Wallaby Club is a Melbourne-based walking club established in 1894 with a strong bias towards good fellowship, talking and an appreciation of both the natural and built environments. Membership is strictly limited and is by invitation only.
Dates and details of annual walks from 1894.