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The Great Ocean Road Walk 2017-11-29 13:00:00Z 0
22 art enthusiasts trained it to Geelong and viewed the offerings of this year's  hopefuls.
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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
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Our guest speaker for the November meeting was Shaun Islip who is the choirmaster and driving force behind the Open Door Singers.
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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.

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Posted on Aug 22, 2017

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!
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Werribee Sewage Plant 2017-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

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

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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 
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Posted on May 19, 2017

 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.
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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. 
Can I give you a copy of "Watchtower" Annie Wragg 2017-05-01 14:00:00Z 0

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.
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  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!   
Christmas Party Annie Wragg 2016-12-13 13:00:00Z 0

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.
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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. 
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Posted on Apr 06, 2016

Williamstown to Altona Walk

Despite the threat of imminent rain and a daunting 10 km distance to cover, fourteen members joined Tom walking from Williamstown to Altona on Thursday. The tranquil waters of Port Philip Bay and shore birds along Kororoit Creek were almost as great an attraction as the coffee and cakes and other treats that awaited us in Altona. The next walk will be held on 21 April, details to be advised.
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Posted by Annie on Mar 31, 2016

Sand Sculptures in Frankston

Fifteen members journeyed to Frankston to see the now famous sand sculptures. It was a great day and everyone thought the works were amazing. We adjourned to a marquee for refreshments which was just as well as I fear there would be a few sunburned noses on display!
Sand Art in Frankston Annie 2016-03-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie on Feb 27, 2016

Footy Tipping BBQ another fabulous year of AFL

A good crowd invaded Dennis and Di's rooftop to launch the 2016 Footy Tipping Competition. It is being run again by John Freeburn who explained the rules and the potential winnings which got us excited!
A great BBQ was cooked by the boys, snags and hamburgers, salads and coleslaw all washed down with Vic Bitter or wine of your choice.
Well done Di and Jenny and also a word of thanks to John and Dennis the BBQers.
Footy Tipping BBQ Annie 2016-02-26 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Dec 08, 2015

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells......

Christmas time again, how quickly it comes round! We arrived to Chrismassy decorated tables courtesy of decorator extraordinaire Barb Elderfield and juggled savory pastries with our Champers, wine or beer. Once seated President Jim introduced the club "choir" who got everyone in the mood singing the Aussie version of Jingle Bells. Then a rewritten version of the 12 Days of Christmas thanks to Jen Fernyhough who was ably supported by Sue, Annie and Helen and the token male, Tom! Much laughter, singing, and cracker pulling made us hungry for the feast and feast it was. A great buffet of filet steak, ham and whole Tasmanian poached Salmon and super salads was enjoyed followed bu an enormous array of delectable cakes and chocolates. Much dancing followed with Dave and his mates playing all the old rocking tunes. Santa  Russell made an appearance and many a lass and a few lads sat on his lap to get a present! Many thanks to all the slaves in the kitchen and the bus boys clearing plates. Another fine event ran like clockwork
Jingle Bells Annie Wragg 2015-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg

Spring at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

Twenty members and two friends had a great day on 13th October visiting the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.  Feedback was that the day was relaxing and informative amidst the  sunshine and the stunning plants. 


Many members of the public have no idea this annexe to the Botanic Gardens exists, although it was established back in 1970.  Some of our members were expecting bushland, rather than a patchwork of artfully designed micro-climates with the Red Centre as highlight. All up, 170,000 plants and 1700 varieties from Australian landscapes are on display!


The party arrived by bus from the Docklands and after a coffee break was guided along the Flora Australis walk.  We viewed ancient-origin plants including cycads, Queensland bottle trees, West Australian grass trees and fine examples of Woolemi pines.  The walk took us through diverse stands of eucalypts – stringybark, peppermint and box, to name a few - and ended in the Ironbark Garden. Our guide Ron emphasised the significance of water in the evolution of the Australian landscape and flora, and this was reflected clearly in the design of the gardens.


A lunch of freshly made sandwiches and cakes, was followed by further exploration of the gardens by foot, or on the Garden Explorer, an electric buggy.  The more adventurous walked to the lookout that gave an overview of the area as well as an appreciation of how much sand needed to be removed to establish the site. Also, the gift shop did a good trade with Ute Berberich being spotted with a new botanic book (for grand-daughter) within minutes of our arrival. 


The day was not just inspiring but a great example of Probus fellowship. Our thanks go to Marg Thomas for organising this event.  


Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Annie Wragg 2015-10-12 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg

Ghostly Lantern Tour

Twenty four  members  and three guests had the night of their lives on September 25 at the Historical Lantern Tour at the Royal Park campus of Melbourne Hospital.

Sepulchural host in top hat, frock coat, vest and fob chain was the hospital’s Jeff Whittington, assisted by his son Mal in farm yokel rigout.

Jeff has worked at the site (operational since about 1860) for many decades and regaled us with many true stories of foibles and phantoms as he led us through the darkened grounds and elderly buildings.  

Bits are so well preserved that they are seized upon as sets by avid directors of TV/films like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Dr Blake and Carson’s Law. One section we toured was currently in use as an olden-day set, with light switches and neon exit signs masked by cardboard flaps. An olden-day operating theatre was set up, gear provided by some person who hires it to film-makers at extortionate rates.

First stop on the tour was the morgue, with lifelike (or deathlike) corpses ready for inspection, one with a spider on top. We were barely outside before meeting a possum mother and baby, which Jeff assured us were battery-powered and animated for each group tour. 

At one of the rooms we were told to stand back 1 metre from an enclosed ward bed, while Jeff told of a gruesome knife murder of the patient. He said that just as the night nurse came to investigate the muffled cries, the murderer rushed out and was never caught, nor motive established. At that moment, a dramatic moment occurred (can’t spoil the plot!). .

We   even role-played as arriving  patients in 1914, with Matron Jillian Lee diagnosing us as alcoholic men (routed to tents), pregnant fallen women not fit for the lying-in hospital,  the mentally deranged, and syphilitics.

We particularly liked the story of a new manager who decided the jarrah 2nd floor veranda flooring should be polished and buffed back to a piano-lid finish. It looked perfect until the first rain, when it became slippery as glass.

Next solution was to re-do including iron filings to provide a grip for people’s feet, but the iron rusted and the slipperiness continued. Third go was to re-surface it back to its original dull state.

Highlight was visiting the ward where Soviet Embassy defector Vladimir Petrov spent his final secret days, at least until a Truth newspaper team sprung him there. This ward  was near where Sir Robert Menzies spent his final days, being put in his place by a lowly hospital worker who got sick of Sir Robert’s demands for special treatment.

What a night! Two and a half hours of fascinating moments. Special thanks to Jenny Eltham and Marg Thomas for ensuring the success of the night. 


Below: Tony and friend


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Posted by Annie Wragg on Sep 17, 2015


What a feast at this Port Melbourne Showroom of LUV A DUCK. Wendy was our demonstrator and she managed to cook half a dozen dishes , all equally delicious. We started with Peking Duck. Jude and Kim became assistants and hand rolled delicious little wrappers with duck, cucumber batons and Hoisin sauce.  The versatility of duck was shown with a ragout on spaghetti and wings on cous cous and of course the traditional Duck A L'Orange. Glistening roast ducks with crispy skin appeared from the ovens and then the most delicious  potatoes roasted in duck fat of course! We got to try all the dishes with a glass off wine. The shop is stocked with a complete range of prepacked, cooked and frozen delights. We departed convinced we should enrol in some of their specialised cooking classes.
LUV A DUCK Annie Wragg 2015-09-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Aug 24, 2015

Swing By Swing Golf

Three keen as mustard keen members played 9 holes of golf at Albert Park on Monday. There were several chances to hit birdies (Swans?) Tom actually scored one on the par three 8th hole after getting lost in a bunker on a previous hole! Kim won "nearest the pin" and Tony won "The most consistent player" award.
The Spring-like weather made for an enjoyable game at this scenic venue. All that was missing was a few more members ready for a few laughs and a delicious lunch at the "Honey Pot"
Below is a photo of Treasurer Kim driving off and a photo of "Birdies" Other photos in Photo Albums.
Golf at Albert Park Annie Wragg 2015-08-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Aug 16, 2015

From Russia With Love.

 Back to school for Club's Hermitage Expedition. Our Probus party of 22, plus Coralie and Russell's granddaughter Charlotte, rolled up to NGV International on August 14th in anticipation of a magnificent exhibition. We started with an hour long talk by Gina, an Education Officer, who covered the dramatic life and times of Catherine the Great. After this thorough briefing we entered the exhibition to be confronted by a simulation of the Hermitage rooms and corridors and 500 paintings, just a fraction of the 4,000 paintings and 15,000 drawings in the collection. 
Standouts were Rembrandt's "The Scholar" and paintings by Van Dyck, Velasquez, Titian and Rubens. A table setting of Sevres porcelain was truly magnificent and we only saw a fraction of the 800 pieces. A strange gift to her lover Count Potemkin and costly as it took her 15 years to pay off (didn't they have lay-by?) She came to the throne by seizing power from her crazed alcoholic husband, Peter. the Third, by riding a white stallion at the head of a 14,000 strong army. She was not to be messed with!
Photos show our attentive members in the lecture and a seductive painting by  Sir Joshua Reynolds "Cupid Untying the Zone of Venus" 1788 Thanks Tony for the photos and report.
The Legacy of Catherine the Great Annie Wragg 2015-08-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Aug 05, 2015

Oh What a Night!

What a sight met our eyes when we entered the MBC to find a wonderland of bunting, candles, flashing lights and even a fabulous fortune tellers tent. We met mysterious strangers, some of ill repute, who on closer inspection turned out to be familiar friends!  Costumes were great, gypsy maidens, balaclava clad thieves and even  a pirate! We were disturbed to find Fagin there in top hat and straggly beard looking as Dickens had described him. He fooled us entirely when we realised he was a she. Well done Pam! The band started up with great dancing music and we enjoyed delicious Goulash with Gnocchi and a wonderful Black Forest dessert trifle. Then the fortune teller arrived and we all had our Tarot cards read and from the shocked and delighted expressions she did a great job!
 Thanks to all the hard working committee, Jenny and Di for the food and and Barb for the decorations plus many others who pitched in to help. Well done!
The photo is of the room before the crowd arrived and other photos have been posted in photos.  
Gypsies Tramps and Thieves Annie Wragg 2015-08-04 14:00:00Z 0

Walking to Russia and Italy

Our intrepid walkers discovered Russia and Italy en route to Coburg Lake on their walk up Merri Creek on Thursday morning. Finding a Russian Orthodox Church in East Brunswick and an Italian sculpture in Coburg were great finds, but peanut butter brownies and Cappuccino for morning tea at Ruby's was a standout. Blue skies and mild weather made for perfect walking. 
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Posted by Annie Wragg on Jul 16, 2015

Looking for a Bargain


On a cold but sunny morning 7 intrepid members trawled op shops in the wilds of hipster Chapel St Windsor for the best bargains. And succeed they did! Among the bargains were great new travelling clothes, "fabulous darling" jewelry, a designer bag for a fraction of its original cost and, believe it or not, a Razor scooter for all of $8 After all this exhausting work lunch was had at one of the many trendy cafes (see photo) and stories were swapped and purchases shared. Great day, Cheers!!


Op shop day out Annie Wragg 2015-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Jun 19, 2015

 Movies nights are starting up again from July. A notice will be put in our monthly newsletter about the film. We will meet at the Kino in Collins street on a Monday evening as Kino has $8.50 movies. We will be open to suggestions about movies at ACCMI and possibly National Theatre or Opera movies at the Nova. Stay tuned.



Movie nights Annie Wragg 2015-06-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg



Modernist architecture in South Yarra

A full complement of 22 turned up to the 1958 built house of Robin Boyd one of the most influential domestic architects, writers and critics of his generation. We had a informative talk by one of the Foundation’s volunteers and then wandered through the modernist home admiring the spaces and materials used which have retained an integrity to this day. Ideas like separate children’s wing, internal courtyard and galley kitchen all with a Japanese  and Bauhaus influenced aesthetic.

A delicious morning tea was provided in the dining room and we could only imagine the dinner parties provided by his wife Patricia,with such luminaries as Joan Sutherland,Richard Bonynge, Zara and Harold Holt and Sir Zelman Cowan.

Robin Boyd House Annie Wragg 2015-06-18 14:00:00Z 0

Search for the Pink Lake

8 intrepid walkers went in search of the fabled Pink Lake. After a harrowing bus ride to Garden City we tramped for a couple of kilometres and saw the bright pink lake nestled under the Westgate Bridge in the Westgate Park. Walking a circuit of the lake, we spied many waterbirds and sculptures in a bushland setting. We also discovered why it is pink. Looking up under the bridge we marveled at the engineering skill involved in the building of the bridge. After all the hard work of the expedition we then searched out a cafe for a reviving cup of coffee but no donut! Thanks Dennis for leading the group.

Thursday Walkers Annie Wragg 2015-05-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg

A Hole in One?

No, but 5 members enjoyed the inaugural golf morning at Albert Park, fine weather, a few good shots and a good lunch at the Honey Pot, what more could be asked for?
Thanks to Gay Edgecombe for organising the group. 
Golf Golf Golf Annie Wragg 2015-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on May 24, 2015

Back to the 1920's with Miss Fisher

On Thursday, 21st May, 20 Melbourne Sunrise Probus members and guests stepped into
Rippon Lea and entered the opulent 1920s world of the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher.
This exhibition is set in the home of “Aunt Prudence”, costumes and props from the third
series of the production were featured. We were, of course, able to see the superb outfits
worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis).
Walking through beautiful Rippon Lea, with its rooms arranged as in the series and being
able touch the sumptuous fabrics and admire the gorgeous outfits was a rather delightful
way to spend a morning.
Our guide was well informed and explained the importance of detail and the perseverance
Marion Boyce and her team show in endeavouring to produce authenticity. Discovering the
inspiration for costumes and understanding how they were made was fascinating. Marion
very kindly has allowed some of her own personal collection to be displayed.
Trying on replica costumes from the show was fun with Karin Dixon, Jude Bodiam, Libby
Rossell and Elaine Collins looking rather glamorous as 1920’s ‘stars’.
After the exhibition, members visited the Wardlow Tea Rooms where they enjoyed a ‘Miss
Fisher’ inspired menu.
Rippon Lea is a wonderful National Trust property and complements the exhibition
beautifully (more photos in albums)
Ripponlea and Miss Fisher Annie Wragg 2015-05-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Thomas on May 15, 2015

20 Fans for China's Emperor

Twenty members enjoyed the trip to the “Golden Age of China” exhibition at the National Gallery on May 11. The 124 exhibits ranged from sumptuous robes for Emperor Qianlong (1736-95) to portraits of his 41 concubines and a chair made form deer antlers.

During the Emperor’s reign China was the wealthiest and most populated country (150m) on earth. He not only wrote 40,000 poems and 13,000 essays but collected treasures from around the world, such as lavishly decorated golden clocks. 

Our tour began with an hour’s talk from Gallery Educator Paula, who explained how the previous China exhibition in 1988 laid the groundwork for the 2015 show. Some of the pieces were making a return visit to Melbourne.

We learnt surprising things like how the jewellery and crown of the Empress was designed to tinkle and ring as she walked, to make her entrances even more impressive.

After the show most of us had a café lunch in the Gallery, though not up to Beijing duck standard.


The Golden Age of China Tony Thomas 2015-05-14 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Apr 30, 2015

Remembrance at the Shrine

About 30 Probians paid their respects at the Shrine of Remembrance. David Howell, the Fundraising & Friends coordinator (Pictured here with Rob Kenna (gave a very detailed tour of the shrine including the Gallipoli lifeboat.
Reg Yates gave a detailed talk about Australia's contribution to WW1 and some special insights to our soldier's contributions nearer home during WW2
After the tour we adjourned to "Dish" a delightful restaurant within the Royce Hotel. Thanks to Jenny, we had a great value meal, delicious and superbly presented. Special thanks to Rob Kenna for his organisation of the Shrine tour.
At the Shrine of Remembrance Annie Wragg 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Walk South Yarra - Fawkner Park 

A small group this week, but the forecast rain held off and an enjoyable time was had by all. Surprisingly the walk started on the Yarra River at WTC watching the intrepid paddle boarders before tramming it along St Kilda Road. Then a brisk walk through Fawkner park, an oasis surounded by the high rise of St Kilda Road and continuing along Park St, admiring the grand Victorians of Italianate style on the way. Our walk ended at Jardin Tan in the Botanic Gardens which is a delightful cafe run by the now increasingly ubiquitous Shannon Bennett of Vue De Monde fame.
Tom's walk Annie Wragg 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Feb 27, 2015

Footy Tippers extraordinaire


The "Johns" Freeburn and Trimble at the launch of the footy season tipping competition
On a balmy Summer evening on Di and Dennis's rooftop play area 50 or so Probians gathered to enjoy each others company , many dressed in club colours.
BBQ of  sausages, hamburgers etc washed down with copious amounts of beer and wine quickly disappeared in a frenzy of conviviality. So successful was the event that many were loath to leave! See more photos in Photo album 
Footy Tipping BBQ Annie Wragg 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Thomas on Feb 23, 2015

Ben Quilty at the Bendigo Art Gallery


Twenty-two club members and friends enjoyed the visit to the Ben Quilty exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery on February 19. Eighteen took the train from Southern Cross and four came by car.

Senior curator Tansy Curtin gave us a guided tour starting with a big room full of enormous Quilty paintings in his Rorschach-blot style. 

One called Smashed was mysterious until the thick paint resolved into two tilted heads of Quilty himself..

The show brought together the Quilty works from his solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, after he won the top Prudential Eye Award.

A series in a smaller gallery room showed the dispossession of indigenous Australians by Captain Cook and eventually, Quilty himself.

The gallery café organised a special long table for our lunch and brought out great food including hamburgers 15cm deep. Laurie Garmston, challenged to take a first bite, obliged as per the picture.

After the gallery, we sampled Bendigo pleasures including op shops, the city gardens and conservatory, the Anzac exhibition at the Post Office and Bendigo’s 19 th Century grand architecture.For some reason the returning train travellers spent the final trip mostly asleep.



Bendigo Art Gallery and Ben Quilty Exhibition Tony Thomas 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Dec 04, 2014

ImageMore than 50 members celebrated at our Christmas lunch at the old waiting room for the Spirit of Tasmania in Port Melbourne. Copious amounts of festive cheer awaited us as we sat down to our buffet lunch. We sang a couple of Christmas songs and awaited a visit from Santa who arrived ringing his big bell and invited all, especially the ladies to snuggle up with him to get a present. The dancing conga line filled in the wait time! We were blessed with a glorious day and we took advantage of the lounge seats outside to continue the celebrations although there were quite a few "ragers" who bopped along to the dance music. More photos in the albums.

Christmas Party at Spirit Station Pier Annie Wragg 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Melbourne Cup Annie Wragg 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Oct 23, 2014

Nine intrepid explorers took the number 96 tram to Ackland St on a cloudy day perfect for walking! First stop the St Kilda Botanical gardens to admire the roses and "triffids", thence to the beach and the heart of the solar system! We inspected our Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars on a scale model of the solar system stretching from Elwood to Port Melbourne. Walking further towards the St Kilda Pier we succumbed to temptation  at the Beachcomber Seaside Cafe, Cappuccinos all round! We ambled back along Jacka Boulevard passing Luna Park and the Palais Theatre  back to Ackland St and the ever reliable 96 tram back to the city



St Kilda Icons Walk Annie Wragg 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Oct 14, 2014

After a conversation packed and muffin fuelled train trip 35 of us arrived in Swan Hill and checked into into the Lady Augusta Motel. Lunch around the pool and a trip to the local Swan Hill art gallery preceded a bus trip to Murray Downs Resort and dinner with a local Probus Club which was very enjoyable meeting our country cousins.

Saturday dawned bright and sunny which augured well for the Managatang Cup. The frocked up fillies assembled with gasps of admiration from all. The fellas scrubbed up well too!. President Marg and John Freeburn instructed us on the finer points of betting and form. What's a box trifecta again? Many trod a worn path to the bookies and some even won! We all cheered the gee gees on with their thundering hooves and colourful silks. Food and drink flowed all afternoon from our private marquee so we didn't really need a huge dinner but we managed a good meal at the local RSL. 

Sunday saw us, on another idylic day, taking a trip up the Murray River on the PS Pyap an authentic old paddle steamer and lunch at Spoons which was excellent. We wandered around the Pioneer Village which had masses of interesting old farm machinery and  fabulous buildings. We even had a ride in an old  Chevy much much older than any of us! 

Our final day saw up shopping or walking along the trail along the Murray which is being landscaped beautifully. The train was not running but a VLine coach took us home safely driven by a good tour guide who told us anecdotes about the small places we traveled through.

Thanks go to Jenny, Marg for planning and to John for the race tipping advice. (More photos in photo albums)


Manangatang Cup and Swan Hill 10-13th October Annie Wragg 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Aug 30, 2014



Although not and official Probus event there was a group of like minded souls who joined with a few friends and members from other clubs. We boarded the very smart launch "Rebecca" usually seen plying the river as a water taxi for a day on the river. Di arranged for everyone to bring snacks and finger food and of course liquid refreshments!

After witnessing the Blessing of the Fleet we watched a re-enactment of the landing and founding of Melbourne. After, we went on a jaunt up the Maribyrnong River. To conclude the day we enjoyed further refreshments at the Mission to the Seafarers who organised the day. Thanks go to all who helped to make it a lovely day.

Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet Annie Wragg 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Thomas on Jul 26, 2014

Twenty members had a varied and exotic tour of buildings east of Melbourne during Open House 2014 on Saturday July 26. This was our fourth annual tour.

We began at Circus Oz headquarters in Perry St,  converted from Collingwood Technical School (where Ken Tabart once taught) and now full of the paraphernalia of show business and gymnastics. We enjoyed watching toddlers and primary-schoolers being put through their paces for potential circus careers.

Our next stop was the Collingwood Masonic Hall in Gipps St., a venerable building.  The senior Mason and his colleagues introduced us to the symbolism and rituals of the Masonic creed, embodied in many curious artifacts and designs.  It was all quite a revelation – including the fact that Masons dress in dinner suits not as elitists but so that rich and poor members are on equal footing.

It was short walk then to the cosy restaurant Lemon Middle & Orange, where we jammed into one corner with many of us sitting on steel drums as we dined on Boston chowder and other hearty food.

We walked to Victoria Parade and trammed to the Catholic Theological College, a fascinating blend of architecture old and new. It was certainly a space most of us had no idea existed. A senior person gave us an excellent guided tour which included the College’s copiously-stocked library.

The Open House tours are a marvelous educational experience, introducing us to normally hidden parts of Melbourne.


Probus Open House 2014 Tony Thomas 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Jul 18, 2014

ImageImageAs Melbourne's weather gets colder the AFL comp gets hotter! 19 hardy souls braved a freezing Docklands Park for a sausage sizzle. Chicken and beef snags were smothered in tomato sauce and fried onions and lovingly wrapped in a slice of bread. Yum!

To add to the fun John Freeburn ran a footy trivia comp. 3 teams vied to prove their footy knowledge. Our illustrious president, Marg, lead her team to victory with all 20 questions answered perfectly!

It was great fun and thanks must go to John Freeburn and Dennis Hardisty for their work.


Footy Fever and Sausage Sizzle Annie Wragg 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Jul 10, 2014

Good fun was had by all the women who spent many enjoyable hours shopping for that elusive treasure!

Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with a lunch at "Tusk" with a glass or two of wine. Much laughter was had comparing our purchases and some new friendships were made and we all agreed to do it again!ImageImageImage

Op Shoppers Day Out Annie Wragg 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Wragg on Jun 30, 2014

We moved to our new venue for our June 5th meeting which was at the new Docklands Library, Dock Square- Bourke St (west end) and all future meetings will be there.

May 8th meeting was our last at The Mission to Seafarers. We have appreciated the unique building and the work of the dedicated staff and our thanks go to them.

Our new clubrooms Ann Wragg 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elaine Collins



Members Soak Up NGV Show!

On 22nd May, twenty-one members and friends spent a delightful morning viewing the “Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court at the Prado” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.   The exhibition presents a rich selection of paintings and drawings spanning 300 years of Italian art. The Spanish Royal Family were avid art collectors and it is their magnificent collection that forms the basis of the Prado.

Prior to viewing the exhibition, an enlightening introduction was delivered to the group by one of the very knowledgeable NGV curators. This allowed the group a greater understanding of the importance of this collection.   The exhibition will only be seen in Melbourne, many of the works having previously never left Spain.   The exhibition is extensive and one can only be impressed with the colour and grandeur of these magnificent works of art.   As is tradition, the group adjourned to the NGV cafe for lunch and animated conversation.

In organising this excellent event, many thanks must be given to Marg Thomas.





Italian Masterpieces from Prado Elaine Collins 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on May 02, 2014

Our intrepid group – following in the footsteps of the previous even more intrepid group on April 10th – assembled at the front of ABC Southbank at 9:45. Well, all except one, who shall remain nameless, who didn’t make it until about 10:05, blaming unspecified transport complications. Yeah, right…


One of our guides was vaguely familiar – and with good reason – as he had only recently delivered the RACV presentation to Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club, regarding the implications of the ever-increasing numbers of senior citizens on our roads. It seems he can’t get enough of volunteering & even has a third gig at a local museum, too. He was ably assisted by a colleague & the two of them operated as tag-team commentators on the tour – beginning in the lobby, which featured delightful 1940’s plaster murals, depicting aspects of the ABC’s coverage of all things Australian. They had been discovered behind the false ceilings at one of the previously scattered ABC premises, during the consolidation for the move to Southbank, 25-odd years ago.


We moved on to the Iwaki Auditorium, which serves as a performance space for the MSO & others, with an audience capacity of about 400. Then along a corridor, past numerous rehearsal rooms, to the balcony looking into the ABC774 radio studios. Jon Faine is on holidays, so Nicole Chvastek was in the chair, chatting with a guest & supported by the production team in the adjoining booth. Nicole actually found the time to give us a wave, too. We then peered into the Triple J space, tech services, various production suites & thence to a compact but extremely well-equipped performance space – complete with oddly-angled walls, movable baffles & a sound desk reminiscent of the bridge of the starship Enterprise! Then, past the ‘Tardis booths’, where on-air guests can be interviewed in complete ‘privacy’ – if you don’t count the thousands of listeners out in the community - past the Radio Australia beehive & on to the record/CD archive & finally, the ABC TV studio, which, unfortunately, was in use, preventing us from slipping in for a gander. It was interesting to hear that nowadays, the cameras are actually mounted on remote-controlled pedestals, which are driven around by an external operator, who also monitors the performance of the autocue, so whoever is ‘on-air’ always knows the right thing to say.


After a very informative & enjoyable hour, or so, we all made it safely back to the lobby, where we swapped our visitor badges for a showbag full of ABC souvenirs & emerged back into the reality of another stunning Melbourne morning.


Our ABC by William Thompson Annie Wragg 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Wragg on Apr 24, 2014

Fifteen members enjoyed a glimpse of an old and savage civilisation on April 24. They explored The Aztecs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, with its impressive displays of the warlike culture wiped out by the Spaniards in the early 16th century.

While the displays included many carved stone items and the spectacular illustrated codex from 1555, the lifelike reconstructions of the way of life were also illuminating. 

Particularly remarkable was the compulsory schooling system, where boys and girls were educated for their roles in serving the leadership. Even for the aristocratic children, discipline was strict, including poking with spines and forced inhaling of chilli smoke.

Afterwards, 12 members adjourned to the Pumphouse Hotel in Nicholson Street for lunch. Tony Vujic, the licensee, gave us a short history of the hotel. A very convivial ending to an excellent day!Image

The Aztecs at Melbourne Museum Annie Wragg 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0