Robert Burns Club

ROBERT BURNS

1759 – 1796

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2017 Committee Meetings

15th February, 15th March, 19th April, 21st June,
19th July, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November

Time and place of meetings to be advised.

The Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Inc.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Followed by
Ae Fond Kiss” – Robert Burns on women in his poetry, songs and relationships>
Presented by Fiona Ross

Leading into
Question & Answer session
Date: SUNDAY 20th AUGUST 2017
Venue: Canterbury Street Stables
49-53 Canterbury Street
Flemington 3031
Melway 28 J 11

Program:

REGISTRATION        1:00 – 1:15
AGM                               1:15 – 2:00
“Ae Fond Kiss”
followed by Question & Answer Session 2:00 – 3:15
AFTERNOON TEA
3.15-3.45

Cost: Nil
Enquires: Please let us know if you will be attending.

Contact:

Noel Wright: 9306 7495 email: noelwright {at} netspace.net(.)au
Ina Graham: 8361 0308 email: william.graham3 {at} bigpond(.)com

Member Society Name: The Robert Burns Club of Melbourne
State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Patron: Fiona Ross
President: Neil Smith
Secretary: Noel Wright
Contact: Noel Wright
49 Volga St
Hadfield, Victoria. Australia 3046
Email: Secretary
Office Bearers:
  • Vice President – Vacant
  • Treasurer – Michael Lynch
  • Historian – Fiona Ross
  • Editor Melburnsian – Noel Wright
2017 Social Functions:
  • Sunday
    22nd January – 12.00pm

    Burns Statue – Birthday Celebration and Picnic

    Burns Statue, Treasury gardens, Melbourne
  • Saturday
    4th February

    Annual Burns Supper
    Glenroy RSL
    186 Glenroy Road, Glenroy.  Vic.
  • Sunday
    2nd April– 1:00pm

    Poetry Afternoon
    Canterbury St. Stables Community Centre,
    49-53 Canterbury St., Flemington, Melway Ref: 28 J11.
  • Sunday
    30th April – 2:00pm

    Pleasant Sunday afternoon
    Community Centre,
    Burnside Retirement Village,
    Nicol Avenue, Burnside. (Melway Ref: 358 K4)
  • Sunday
    16th July – 1:00pm

    Poetry Afternoon 
    Canterbury St. Stables Community Centre,
    49-53 Canterbury St., Flemington, Melway Ref: 28 J11.
  • Sunday
    20th August – 1:00pm

    AGM and Poetry Queston & Answer Session
    Canterbury St. Stables Community Centre,
    49-53 Canterbury St., Flemington, Melway Ref: 28 J11.
  • Sunday
    15th October – 1:00pm

    Poetry Afternoon 
    Canterbury St. Stables Community Centre,
    49-53 Canterbury St., Flemington, Melway Ref: 28 J11.
Purpose:
  • To promote interest in the works, life and milieu of the
    Scottish poet Robert Burns.
  • To provide for instruction, fellowship and entertainment of
    members by means of relevant meetings and extra mural activities.
  • To maintain and advance Scottish Culture
Short history: Commemorative functions to honour the Scottish National Poet and world recognised bard, and to study his poems, songs, writings and philosophy have been held continuously in Victoria since the arrival of the first permanent Scots in 1836.One example of this is an address on the Works of Robert Burns given by the Scottish Clergyman Rev James Foster to the Mechanics Institute in 1839.
Another is the First Burns Festival conducted by the Melbourne Scots on
24 January 1845. In 1904 the statue of Robert Burns was presented by the
then Caledonian Society of Melbourne. Some 8,000 people attended that
ceremony.A formal Robert Burns Club (sometimes referred to as a society) is recorded as meeting regularly between 1902 and 1917. In 1928 ‘Our Boy Burns Club’ held its annual dinner at the Alexander hotel Melbourne.In 1932 the Melbourne Burns Club was founded. The Club was very active. However, on the outbreak of war, the Club, along with mostother Burns Clubs and Scottish Societies disbanded. Burns activities were then continued by groups of kindred societies as opportunity occurred.In 1950 under the guidance of Mr J.T.Picken the current Robert Burns Club of Melbourne was established. The club federated in 1951 and has continuously functioned from that time.Each year the club conducts a celebration on the Sunday nearest the 25th of January (the poets birthday) near the Robert Burns statue in Treasury Gardens Spring Street, Melbourne. It also holds a Burns Supper each year, and conducts other activities during the year as well as erecting the Club tent at all the Highland gatherings throughout Victoria.An Annual GeneralMeeting is held in July or August.A regular newsletter ‘The MelBurnsian’ is published for members.
Affiliations: The Robert Burns World Federation Ltd.
Scots of Victoria Coordinating Group
Victorian Scottish Union Inc.
Membership: Family Membership$21

Single membership $16

Pensioner couple $16

Pensioner single $11

Full time student $11

Plus Joining Fee $10 (this includes a Club badge) Public
Liability Insurance $6.50(optional but recommended)

Application Forms for Membership available from the Secretary.

Re-established: 1950