Welcome to the Melbourne Savage Club.
Established in 1894, the Melbourne Savage Club is one of Australia’s oldest private members’ clubs.
The club’s name reflects the desire of the founders to encourage the flowering of the Bohemian tradition in Melbourne, by taking the name of Richard Savage, an eccentric and free-spirited 17th century English poet.
The clubhouse is an historic 19th century mansion in the heart of Melbourne. It provides a rare ambience for socialising over lunch or a drink, for member performances showcasing artistic talent, and for wonderfully eccentric social occasions.
When you first enter the Savage, you will be struck by the unusual interior decor. The walls of this three-storey Victorian mansion are hung with Heidelberg school paintings, historic cartoons and Pacific tribal artifacts – one of the world’s finest private collections, assembled by Savages since the late nineteenth century. The ambience reflects the club’s Bohemian history and privileged place in the cultural life of Australia.
Members from a diverse mix of backgrounds – the arts, law, medicine, the military, entertainment and business – are to be found behind the clubhouse’s scarlet doors.
Special Interest Groups meet regularly over lunch or dinner and are at the heart of the Club’s activities. Fine Wine, Cars, Poetry, Literature, Current Affairs, Sport and the Arts are all embraced. As well, there’s a monthly Life Drawing class, an Italian language group and a regular classic cinema evening.
Social evenings, at which ladies are welcome, provide a range of entertainment performed by members and guests, enjoying one another’s company amid classic décor and furnishings, fine art and exotic artifacts.
This is an extraordinary club that provides a unique and special environment for its members.
Membership is offered to gentlemen who are able to embrace the Club’s ethos and who enjoy good fellowship.