The Mildura Club began using the Mildura Coffee Palace (now the Grand Hotel) in the 1890s. The club used this until 1901, where the club relocated to the basement of the cultivator building in Deakin Avenue. The club was again on the move to the present site it is today.

The Design

The design of the building came about after the committee of the club opened up the design to the leading building architects. The only stipulation was the building not the exceed the cost of 4000 pounds. Advertisements were placed in the Mildura Cultivator and The Telegraph inviting architects to submit designs.

The designs were judged by the Victorian Institute of Achitects and the chosen design was by Mr. I.G. Anderson of Geelong. A painting of the design still hangs in the club's main bar. The fee payed was one hundred and forty four pounds six shillings and sixpence.

Construction

The building was undertaken by Mr. S.R. Cull who agreed to complete the project in 28 weeks from December 1919. The building contractor had difficulties completing the building on time and in September 1920 the Club refused to pay the final progress payment. After a letter from the builder's solictor demanding payment, the commmittee agreed to 250 pounds and the balance upon satisfactory completion of the work.

The Official Opening

The Mildura Club was officially opened on the 13th October 1920 by W.B.Chaffey who was also the Mayor of Mildura and Mildura Club President.

Images of the Building

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I.G. Anderson Photo T Leach  
   
 
 
Photo Restored by S. Miller  
   
 
 
   
   
 
 
   
   
 
 
Photo G. Hughes          
           

 

 

Text and Image from The Golden Stairs: A History of 100 years of the Mildura Club by Bernie J. Burke. .

 

 

 

 

   
       
 

 

 

 

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