Probus Clubs exist to fill a need of retired persons in the community who have been accustomed to high levels of vocational activity and decision making in their working lives. The principal objective of every Probus Club is to create and maintain a homogeneous group that provides the fellowship and intellectual stimulation.
History of our Club
Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club is a member of the international Probus organisation and is accredited in the South Pacific region. MSPC is non-political and non-sectarian.  It is a "not for profit" organisation and has no fund raising activities. The emphasis is on the club being free from the constraints and obligations of service clubs and on allowing members to participate at minimum personal cost. MSPC has a number of activities and interest groups designed to promote active minds and bodies, with an emphasis on social interactions. Members are encouraged to enjoy the fellowship of new friends. The club membership limit is 120.

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PO Box 23308,  Docklands 8012 

Mobile: 0419 398 780

Membership - Michael
Mobile: 0419 348 191

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Greetings to old friends, new friends and potential friends, and welcome to the Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club website!  The Club provides an important platform for senior members of the Melbourne community to enhance their vitality through a general friendship and fellowship with others and an engagement in the interest groups and special events listed on this home page.  Members may log in and read the Newsletters and make contact with other members.  If you are not a Member and would like to be introduced to the Club, please see the details in the “Contact Us” section or use the message field at the bottom of the page.
Meeting Venue and Date

Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club

June General Meeting

Thursday 6th June at 10.30am

The Community Hub at the Dock

Multipurpose Room

Level 1, 912 Collins St, Docklands

Vic 3008


Upcoming Speakers
Tony Thomas
Jun 06, 2024 11:00 AM
The Mystery of the Dutch Colonists in Central Australia.
The Mystery of the Dutch Colonists in Central Australia.

In 1708 a big Dutch ship the Concordia disappeared in a storm south of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Nothing was known of its fate until 1834 when the Leeds Mercury UK newspaper published a long account of a British/Australian exploring expedition that travelled south from near modern Darwin. 
The leader reported that he had met in Central Australia near Palm Valley a thriving colony of 300 Dutch settlers.  They said they were descendants of the shipwrecked people. A hundred survivors had wound up on Australia’s NW coast with some ship’s supplies, and trekked east until they settled by a fertile watercourse far inland.
But by 1860 when explorers traversed the spot from the south, no trace of the Dutch settlement or people remained. Major Les Hiddins, the famous Bush Tuckerman, has been working on this mystery for 30 years and with Tony Thomas, has published the striking evidence that this story is real and not any myth. Will their evidence convince you or not? 

Tony has been a journalist since 1958 and has published a dozen books on history, business, climate, Aboriginal affairs and collections of his own essays (5 books). In 2011 through Melbourne Central Rotary he established Melbourne Sunrise Probus, now with 120 members, and in 2020 he established Melbourne Bearbrass Probus, now with close to 80 members. He's also a member of  Keilor East Probus and Keilor East Rotary.


Tony Parsons
Jul 04, 2024 11:00 AM
Drug Courts - a better approach to drug crimes.
Christopher Bennett
Aug 01, 2024 11:00 AM
Roy Boy
Fiona Malcom
Sep 05, 2024 11:00 AM
Melbourne Athenaeum Library: Victoria’s oldest and Melbourne’s best kept secret.
Past Speakers
May 02, 2024 11:00 AM
Robert Gott
Apr 04, 2024 11:00 AM
Naked Ambition/Naked Man cartoon
Various Club Members
Nov 02, 2023 11:00 AM
November Remembrance Speakers


On the afternoon of 8th April a group of Sunshine Probus members met to view WICKED LITTLE LETTERS featuring Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley, two great actors.  Highly recommended! 
A fun coffee morning with good conversation and good company. New Probus member Sande and prospective member Louise were welcome.
A dozen members grazed the menu at The Standard with choices including steak, sausage rolls (as a main!), ploughman’s lunch and sticky date pudding. Washed down with a variety of drinks including a traditional large Guinness.
A group of six Sunrise Probus ladies took the train to Malvern last Monday in search of items for our craft activities.  The button shop, not only had buttons, buttons and more buttons, but everything imaginable for crafty fingers from wool to cotton, tape, laces, ribbons and more!


Interest Groups

Every Monday - Royal Park Golf Course
Old Poplar Road, Parkville
Tee off at 9.20 & 9.30am - Cost $15.00
Players are encouraged to arrive @ 9.00 am and arrange their parking ticket.
Interested players should download the Team App from
Contact Kim

Cards- 500:
Mission to Seafarers
1.30pm for a 2.00pm start ends 4.30pm

2nd Thursday each month
Contact Russell 

Walking Group:
Meets fourth Thursday of the month.
Email notification of route
Second and fourth Mondays.
2.00pm to 4.30pm
Mission To Seafarers
717 Flinders St, Docklands
Contact Ros
Book Club 1.
First Tuesday of the month
11.30 am - 12.30pm
Boyd Centre Library, 2017 City Road, Southbank
Book Club 2.
Third Wednesday of the month
1.30pm to 3:00pm
Mission to Seafarers
Movies at Kino
Monday after monthly Probus meeting.
45 Collins St, Melbourne.
Cost $7.00
Lawn Bowls:
Third Tuesday of the month from February to November
City of Melbourne Bowls Club
10.00am start.
Theatre Group
Coffee Club
Second Tuesday of the month
At a venue to be advised by email.
Footy Tipping
It doesn't matter who you barrack for or how much you know about Aussie Rules, it's about joining in the fun with your Melbourne Sunrise Probus ‘Footy Tipping' friends. Competition commences with the opening game of the AFL Season in late March. The competition runs for the full AFL Home and Away Season. It can be accessed by computer, mobile phone or iPad. The system is user friendly. 
The cost is $30.00 per person, per season.
Table Tennis
Table tennis, get into the action, a fun game with plenty of laughs. Catering for both beginners and experienced players.
EVERY Wednesday
10.00am to 11.30am
Contact: John Freeburn
A Social Get Together
On the 31st of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct only
5.30pm - 7pm
Venue will be advised prior to the event.
Crafty Sunrisers
1.30 pm to 3.30 pm 3rd Monday
of the month At the Mission to
Seafarers. Come along and
bring your current craft project 
to work on.