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.



Our next meeting will be 7th June 2018, followed by 5th July.



                              PO Box 23308 

                                Docklands 8012  


                                     Membership Officer - Jenny Eltham

                                         Mobile: 0418 233 344


                                         Secretary - Jenny

                                         Mobile: 0417 622 198 


Merry Christmas

72 members had a wonderful lunch at the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club. Christmas spirit was rife and food was delicious and plentiful including a wicked dessert table. Santa visited and we all insisted we had been good all year.The party then got going dancing to a 60s playlist. More photos in Photos Album

The Great Ocean Road Walk

Team Melbourne Sunrise Probus successfully conquered the Great Ocean Walk, with a little guidance by Inspiration Outdoors. Starting from Apollo Bay we walked four stages of the 104km seven day journey to the Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell. Starting in glorious weather we followed cliff tops, beaches, forest paths and dunes for over forty km to reach our objective. We managed many steep ascents and descents along the way, coping with unusually warm weather and the occasional leech, demonstrating that age does not weary us- much! See more photos in the photo album including the leeches!

The Geelong Archibalds

22 art enthusiasts trained it to Geelong and viewed the offerings of this year's  hopefuls. There was something for everyone, celebrities galore and styles both traditional and contemporary. Afterwards here a good Italian lunch fortified the group before taking the 5 minute walk back to the station and the lovely Geelong train.

Watercolour Artists

The workshop with 15 willing and enthusiastic novices went very well. The Activities Room at The Dock Library was the perfect venue. 
Rob had them all organised and the group was applying washes before they knew it.
It was a great afternoon, everyone achieved amazing successes….I have never known our Probus group to be so quiet!!!!

The Melbourne Cup 2017

Cup Day arrived and everyone turned out in their finest for a seafood extravaganza at the 18th floor of the Mantra City Road. Don't they look fabulous?

Open Door Singers

Our guest speaker for the November meeting was Shaun Islip who is the choirmaster and driving force behind the Open Door Singers. A number of our members are in the choir and were delighted he came as our guest speaker. As the photos attest he got everyone to their feet and soon we were all singing out in full voice.
Our MSPC beer aficionados visited the CUB Brewhouse and enjoyed seeing their favourite tipple being brewed. 
This was our chance to become real beer experts! After witnessing some of the production process, we sipped a few ponies (a pony is a 5oz glass) of different beers with our very ample lunch. Great to be a Melbourne Sunrise Probus member!

Culinary Getaway

A Culinary getaway. Benalla, Rutherglen,Beechworth, Milawa and the King Valley.
 There were many, many happy Probians wining, dining, golfing and sightseeing in country Victoria. Here is the happy group on the wine tour bus after visiting Benalla Art Gallery and the Weary Dunlop statue.

Red Spice Road lunch

.Wow we scrub up well! It was a great turn out for a superb lunch provided by master chef, John McLeay from Red Spice  Road with delicious food and matching wines. It is great professional training for chef apprentices and wait staff. I think we should do it again!

How'szat and Up There Cazaly

We had a wonderful tour of the MCG  museum which has the best history of cricket and footy from 1838! The museum had everything from Cadel Evan's bike, Ian Thorpe's size 17s to a Warnie hologram and interaction footy. More in photo albums

Who would have thought sewage was so interesting?

Well what a great turnout for a fascinating subject. The Werribee Sewage Plant treats about 60% of Melbourne’s sewage. We heard about the process including grass filtration and lagoon treatment. It uses environmentally friendly biogas to generate electricity and other clever stuff! We are not quite sure who the poo diver was? 
See the poo diver and more in photo albums

Spring, Summer Autumn or Fall 

 Van Gogh. A feast of neo-impressionist art. We had an excellent curator's talk which outlined the life of this remarkable Dutch artist, the many influences on his rather late development as an artist at 27 years, and his extraordinarily prolific but tragically short career as a painter. He took his own life at 37, but achieved immortality if not recognition in his lifetime.  See more photos in Photo albums

Operating history

In June we visited the college of surgeon at the top end of town which holds a museum and also everyday information about the surgeon's art (or is it a craft?).Professor John Royle (82) and Mr David Lawrence (much younger) providing Probus with historical and practical lessons on surgeon training in Australia and New Zealand. John's personally crafted Anzac biscuits were a highlight - I tested two. Geoff Down, curator, also presented.For the metallurgical fans, the 189.5 troy ounces in the silver mace are worth $3,400 - a little more for gold plating 

 Top of the Town

After meeting on the Parliament House steps our tour leader Meyer led our group down Bourke St to the Salvation Army Museum. Here we learned about one of the first ever movies made right here in Melbourne at the attic studio. Our tour then took us to various venues overlooking the city. Meyer was an interesting, passionate group leader who's presentation was very informative. We looked for a "Banksy" in the laneways and headed to the roof of one building for a better overview.

The Book of Mormon

Unapologetic! Blasphemous! Rapturous! Hilarious!
It was all these and more. On arrival the stage was set as a church with a revolving angel Moroni glowing gold from the heavens.  Fast paced dancing, singing and a witty script kept us amused.  We all agreed it was a great night out. Photos taken at interval were of our group laughing and chatting about the show. 

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!

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

Every Monday - Royal Park Golf Course
Old Poplar Road, Parkville
Tee off at 10.00 am
Cost $15.00
Players are encouraged to arrive @ 9.30 am
and arrange their free parking ticket.
Interested players should download the Team App from
Alternatively, SMS Kim Rea on 0408 344 230 for detail.

Walking Group:
Meets fourth Thursday of the month.
Email notification of route
Tom McNair 0458 574 460 
Second and fourth Mondays.
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Boyd Centre, 2017 City Road, Southbank
Cost $5.00
Tricia Freeburn 0407 529 385
Book Club (Waiting List)
First Tuesday of the month
11.00 am
Boyd Centre 2017 City Road, Southbank
Di Hardisty 0408 271 183
Movies at Kino
Monday after monthly Probus meeting.
45 Collins St, Melbourne.
Cost $8.50
Chrissy Fletcher 0412 092 215
Social Bowls:
Third Monday of the month.
City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St, West Melbourne.
10.00am start.
Cost free.
Dennis Hardisty 0400 251 253
Family History
Second Friday of the month.
11.00 am - 1.00pm
City Library - 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost $5.00
Chrissy Fletcher 0412 092 215
Pilates - Keep Moving with Antionette
Every Tuesday
The Library at the Dock/Terrace Room
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.
Cost $15 per session casual.
          $120 per 10 sessions
Annie Wragg 0417 588 462
Helen Perry 0439 393 201
Probing the Pixel
As per email notification
Philip Casan 0415 585 633
Theatre Group
Robyn McDonald 0409 844 426
Coffee Club
Third Tuesday of the month
At a venue to be advised by email.
Claire Casan 0415 951 938
Stephen Peterson
Jun 07, 2018
About Japan- What your Travel Agent won't tell you
Anne Cathpole
Jul 05, 2018
Cottage By The Sea- Past, Present and the Future
Lindsay Cox
Aug 02, 2018
Salvation Army Territorial Archivist