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The Melbourne Camera Club

Architect: R Adamson & W McKean

South | S29

The Melbourne Camera Club occupies an attractive neoclassical Corinthian-style building in South Melbourne that was constructed in 1876 for the Yarra Yarra division of the Freemasons Lodge, designed by local architects R.Adamson and W.McKean. In the mid 20th century it fell into disrepair until purchased, in 1979, by the club. Its members renovated it for use as club rooms and exhibition space. The building is an example of the effective repurposing of a neglected, but important, building. A print exhibition from the club archive will be hanging in the auditorium. Much of the Freemasons symbolic details remain intact. Restoration to the specifications of Heritage Victoria has ensured that the interior is now as close as possible to its Victorian-era splendour. Getting to the upper auditorium is through a winding staircase. Walking in from the Dorcas Street entrance, you see this staircase and your view is drawn upwards. After climbing up to the auditorium, its simple magnificence is impressive. A notable feature is the coat of arms above the Dorcas Street entrance. There is speculation that this 1876 coat of arms influenced the design of the Australian coat of arms after Federation. The building is registered by Heritage Victoria and the National Trust.


Note: Amendment to Print – The MCC will be open both Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. This was incorrectly advertised in the print program as only open on Saturday 28 July. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 11am - 5pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: S29

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: A free cyanotype workshop will be offered all day. Children will create a design on pre-prepared paper, expose it and then develop in water. The end result is a blue print of the image they have created that they can take away.

  • Year Built: 1876

  • Transport: Tram stop 127 South Melbourne: Route 96 Tram stop 26 Ferrars & Park Streets: Route 1

  • Photo Credit: Ian Bock, John Spring & Alan Elliott


254-256 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne 3205, VIC


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