Scots of Victoria

The Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Inc.


1759 – 1796


2023 Committee Meetings


The Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Inc.



State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Patron: Fiona Ross
President: Mark Stewart
Secretary: Noel Wright
Contact:Noel Wright
44 Branchilly Drive
Roxburgh Park  VIC.  3064
Email: Secretary
Office Bearers:
  • Vice President – Ian Young
  • Treasurer – Tamara Stewart
  • Historian – Fiona Ross
  • Editor Melburnsian – Noel Wright
2023 Social Functions:

Sunday 22nd January
        Picnic at Burns Statue. Treasury Gardens, Spring Street

Time: 12:00 noon. BYO Picnic

Celebrations Start 1:00pm

For Info:  Noel Wright: 0416 271 573

Saturday 4th February
        Annual Burns Supper

Moonee Ponds Bowling Club,

776 Mt Alexander Rd. (Queens Park), Moonee Ponds

Pre Dinner Drinks 6:30pm

  • 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.

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)

PublicLiability Insurance $8.50 (optional but recommended)

Application Forms for Membership available from the Secretary.