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Melbourne Sunrise Probus meets on the First Thursday of each month at 10am at:


107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.

Located on the waterfront at Dock Square near where Bourke Street west meets Collins Street.  Take Tram 48 in Collins Street to Collins street west terminus or the 70 or 75 to stop D3.  100 m walk to Library.


April 6th,May 4th, June 8th (2nd Thursday), July6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd. 




                              PO Box 23308 

                                Docklands 8012  


                                             Membership Officer - Sue

                                         Mobile: 0425 831 953


                                         Secretary - Jill

                                         Mobile: 0418 562 181


Wine, Wisdom and Song

It was a perfect night for wine tasting.. The location was splendid and all of us had a great time tasting a variety of reds and whites with generous top ups allowed!  Yummy canapés complemented the wines and we also played the trivia quiz with enthusiasm, with many questions on the wine geography and terminology, music and film all with a wine theme.  It really showed who the competitive ones were!
Our thanks go to all the hard workers with special mention to Dennis and Di for the food and venue and David Loader for arranging the wines. Jen Ferneyhough prepared the devilish trivia quiz. Thank goodness we lived close by and many of us could stroll home on a beautiful balmy Melbourne night

Its that time of year again, FOOTY!!!

We had a glorious summer evening on Dennis and Di's rooftop for our annual BBQ and Footy tipping get together. Food was plentiful, as was wines, beers and soft drinks. John got a good list of potential footy tippers and all was well with the world in Docklands.

  Christmas Party and another sparkling year to celebrate

A jolly group left Docklands for our end of year event, travelling down the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento where they boarded the ferry to Queenscliff.After indulging in a cocktail or two and spotting dolphins they docked in delightful, historic Queenscliff. Dinner was at the Vue Grand, in the elegant, ornate Victorian ballroom. Jenny and Di conducted a trivia quiz which introduced a high level of competition in the room, followed by some spirited singing.
Barb Elderfield made some delightful table decorations and we all agreed the food was excellent. Reluctantly we piled onto the bus and made our way back to the city and the famed Ivanhoe Christmas lights. Thanks to Di Hardisty for planning the event and Jenny Ferneyhough for the entertainment and other unsung heroes!   

Open Houses

12 Members set out to visit a selection of " Open Houses"  starting with The Victorian Artists Society. The Society commenced in 1870 with a membership that included Artists Streeton, Condor, Roberts, etc. Dame  Nellie Melba's Conservatorium was a tenant from 1898 to 1952.
Then to the the Royal Society of Victoria. This institution was established in the early 1850s to promote science. The Society is probably best known for the funding of the Burke and Wills expedition. The building has under gone many extensions over the years, including the construction of the first tiered lecture theatre, still in use today, with many and frequent lectures still held today.
Next, ANZAC House. The home to the RSL since the 1930's. The RSL is currently celebrating 100 years of service to Australia's veteran community. This is the first time that the RSL has opened, to the public, their state headquarters.
Lunch at Chine on Paramount in China Town was interesting.
Onto Gordon House. This building was established in 1883 by Gordon Coppin ( who among projects built Sorrento's Continental Hotel) to provide family lodgings for respectable poor working class families. Accommodating  some 400 people. The building has gone through many changes over the years and is now operated by Quest, with about 30 privately owned units. Gordon House was one of Melbourne's first high rise ( at 4 floors) apartment towers.
By now we were down to 6 happy members. We headed, on Clive's suggestion, to the State Library and Queen's Hall, also built around the 1850's, when Melbourne had money. Queen's Hall is quite spectacular but will now be closed for several years for a major refurbishment. Whilst in the State Library the current art exhibition of works by William Strutt visited.
Then it was home for a quiet rest, with thoughts of return visits, especially to The Victorian Society and The Royal Society.

Degas-More than ballet dancers!

 Seventeen of us assembled at NGV International for the Degas exhibition. We enjoyed a comprehensive talk on Degas’ family life, travels,contemporaries and the period of French society in which he painted.  This alerted us to facets of the exhibition to watch out for as we strolled around the extensive array of paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture and photography.   His works extended over some 60 years depicting at first family and friends’ portraits and then moving into periods of concentration on various forms of working life – horse racing, night life, laundry workers and his well-known paintings of ballerinas.   Many of his paintings of women, and daily life shocked French society at that time.  Members enjoyed sharing their insights and comments on the various exhibits and noted there was so much to see.

 Woo Hoo! 5th Anniversary celebrations

Aren't we all fabulous? All frocked up and prepared to party, even the fellas.
Decorations by Barb Elderfield set the party mood and Barb Thompson greeted us at the door with a smile.
President Jim dressed up for the occasion to give us some comic relief.
Jenny Eltham was responsible for the inspirational dessert, who would have thought of choc tops?
The great team at Cooper's Inn, headed by Erin, ensured the event ran smoothly.
What more could we want, warmth, good food, friendship and fun.
Happy 5th birthday Melbourne Sunrise Probus.

Love, Revenge and Haute Couture.

15 Probians braved a cold Melbourne day to visit Ripponlea for a guided tour of The Dressmaker exhibition based on the film of the same name. Our curator explained the central role of the costumes to evoke an era and sense of place as well as to portray the character of the actors. Who would have thought colour and style of dress could mean so much!
The costumes were beautifully displayed and everyone in the group had at least one favourite outfit. The consensus was that we would be viewing the film with a different eye if we saw it again.
To top off the morning we all enjoyed an ample Devonshire tea served in the converted stables in the grounds. Another successful Probus outing!

Cruising the Maribyrnong

Gale warnings, predictions for Bass Strait of swells to 7 metres and a forecast downpour. Perfect weather for 29 hardy sailors as we headed down the Yarra. Our skipper hove to opposite Swanston Dock to drop the side screens - passengers on the port side were complaining about breaking waves and spray. 
Onwards we sailed and calmer waters prevailed as we turned into the Maribyrnong. Our group consensus is that the Maribyrnong is much more picturesque that the Yarra. We sailed past Riverside Golf Course (text Gay Edgecombe 0407 508 303 if you want to join us there on 23 May) and docked at Anglers Tavern for some great meals.
Our return home on Tram #57 provided its own adventure as we zigged and zagged our way through the streets of Ascot Vale, Flemington and North Melbourne. Most of us made it safely home before the heavens opened around 4pm. At 5am the next morning, the water main in North Melbourne opened a 4 metre hole and stopped Tram #57 in its tracks.
We love living on the edge at Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club.

JAYCO Factory Tour

Our Probus group enjoyed a hugely informative tour of the sprawling Jayco manufacturing plant at Dandenong today! We had been informed of the importance of suitable footwear & after walking several kilometres through the facility, I can say amen to that! We started the tour in the staff gym, which included a quasi-hypobaric room, to allow training at the equivalent of high altitude conditions, before moving on to the seamstresses who assemble the upholstery fabrics & external weatherproofing panels. We then moved on to see the remarkable process whereby foam cushions are vacuum-compressed, to help operators insert them into the prepared fabric covers. We watched aspects of the entire assembly process for the best-selling Outback range, specifically designed for offroad adventures, then the new compact J-Pod model (for those who require instant access to a double bed whenever they’re on the road), before moving on to the luxurious Silverline range & finally, the new motorhome models. Some members were particularly impressed by the inclusion of luxurious bathrooms & even washing machines, not to mention the slide-out room extensions! Prices ranged from about $10,000 to $200,000 & I’m sure a few of our members have already got one on their wishlist! What a fantastic morning & thanks to Di & all the team for arranging it!

Albury with Marilyn, Rake and Fruit Flies.

Nineteen bright eyed and bushy tailed members boarded the train bound for Albury. On our walk from the station we spied the Waterstreet Hotel former home of Charles Waterstreet AKA Rake and subject of the Archibald Prize winner 2015. Actor Richard Roxburgh is also an Albury boy, there must be something in the water!
MAMA Albury's new modern Art Gallery was hosting Marilyn. A talk by Director Jackie Hernsley rounded off a great show. A fair bit of socialising took place before heading out for dinner. 
Four hardy souls sped up Monument Hill at 7am leaving the sensible ones to a leisurely breakfast. Albury Botanic gardens were a delight and coffee was had alongside the "Mighty Murray" After a delicious lunch we visited the famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus and were treated to a talk by director Richard and then 30 or so students went through a practice routine. Wonderful!!!
What a fun filled 2 days in the company of great friends. 
Interest Groups
Captain, Gaye Edgecombe 0407 508 303
Walking Group:
Meets fourth Thursday of the month - host Tom. 0458 574 460 
Boyd Centre Activities- Mahjong and Book Club:
Mahjong: Host, Tricia Freeburn.0407 529 385
Book Club: Host, Di Hardisty 0408 271 183
Monthly Cinema:
Host : Annie 0417588462
​Usually first Monday of the month. See newsletter for details.
Social Bowls:
Host: Dennis 0400 251 253
1st and 3rd Monday each month.
Host: Chrissie Fletcher 0412 092 215
Meets monthly at the City Library