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Melbourne Athenaeum Archives Melbourne , Victoria

The Archives manages records of The Melbourne Athenaeum which was founded in 1839 as the Melbourne Mechanic's Institution. Its purpose, "the diffusion of literary, scientific and other useful knowledge to members and the general public, was achieved by maintaining a Library, Museum and Reading Room, and offering classes and lectures. Land was purchased in 1840 in Collins Street and the original building, a two-storey, rendered-brick structure, was completed in 1842. The name was changed to the Melbourne Athenaeum in 1872 reflecting the cultural changes in the society it represented. The Library continues to operate.

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Level 1, 188 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 (map)
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+61 03 9650 3100

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Opening Hours

The Archives is open to researchers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 am to 6 pm, by appointment. The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 - 6 pm; Wednesdays 10 - 8 pm; Friday 10 - 4 pm and Saturday 10 am - 2 pm.

Entry Fee

Archives, free entry to research the collection The Melbourne Athenaeum Library is Victoria's oldest subscription library. Members pay a yearly subscription of $99 ($89 concession) to borrow up to 30 items at a time for up to 4 weeks.

Location

188 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria

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The Archives project commenced in 2005 and has provided research support for a range of research projects including a volume of essays about its history; publication of several papers in historical journals; an exhibition of pictures (displayed in the theatre foyer) and assisted numerous students, including PhD candidates, family historians and,, writers of fact and fiction.

Significance

The archives collection reflects the work of the The Melbourne Athenaeum, previousy Mechanics' Institution, where the Library has special significance to the city not only because of its continuous service to its members since 1839, but also to the links to the Melbourne's founders, far-sighted men from all walks of life who understood the need for knowledge and the importance of literature. The institution has operated from the same site in Collins Street since 1842 when the original building, a two-storey Georgian-style construction, was first occupied. The Melbourne Athenaeum Archives covers the history of the institution which was formed in 1839, a few years after European settlement. The visionary men involved established a cultural and social hub for Melbourne that has endured despite financial difficulties. The Melbourne Athenaeum continues to be managed by a voluntary Committee of Management, supporting a popular subscription library and a theatre that provides a wide variety of live entertainments for the citizens of Melbourne.

Sylvia 10 March 2016 4:43 PM

I have an admission ticket(in 2 Parts) for the film "Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson. It is dated Monday April 1. It doesn't have a date but my father has written 1926. The only information I can get leads me to believe that it was actually 1929 not 1926. Was the film being shown in 1926 at the theatre. Any help appreciated. Thanks Sylvia

Marjorie Dalvean 18 March 2016 1:56 PM

Our records show that the film was shown at the Melbourne Athenaeum in 1929. A copy of the poster can be seen in the foyer of the theatre, as part of the "Athenaeum in Pictures" exhibition. Our records show the film was made in 1927 and shown in Sydney in 1929.

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579 items

579 items

Theatre Program - Accidental Death of an Anarchist (play) by Dario Fo performed at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 2 February 1983

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

paper program:good condition

Historical information

The Nimrod Theatre Company of Sydney production as part of the Melbourne Theatre Company season 1983

Significance

Information about the NIMROD company which included Max Gillies and the state of social upheaval in Italy including the never ending scandals and political murders which occurred on a regular basis

Theatre Flyer - Twelfth Night

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Booklet, Coloured, Good Condition

Newspaper Article - Rev. R. T. Walker - Presbyterian General Assembly - luncheon at which about 200 ladies and gentlemen attended Melbourne Athenaeum Hall - South Australian Register, Saturday 21 November 1874

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Program - Blues in the Night (musical) by Sheldon Epps performed at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 5 October 1992

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

coloured program: good condition

Historical information

The history of the blues performed by arrangement with Warner Chappell Music, imago Atlantis Pty Ltd, and the Australian Film and Theatre Development, with the assistance and support of the Perth Theatre Fund. Cast: Venetta Fields; Marcie Jones; Jenny Davis; Michael Edward-Stephens.

Theatre Program - : Stop in the Name of Love (musical theatre) performed by The Fabulous Singlettes at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 23 June 1987

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

small black and white flyer

Historical information

also performed in January 1989 at the universal theatre VC2138

Newspaper Article - Brief Encounter (film) screened at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre - Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Monday 7 April 1947

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Flyer - Adam Devine : Wierd life tour (stand-up comedy) presented by Adam Devine showing on Febuary 1st at the Athenaeum Theatre

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

colored paper flyer

Theatre Flyer - The Kings of Country (country musicians) performed at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre on 21 June 2014

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Newspaper Advertisement - Gillies Live at the Club Republic (comedy)By Guy Rundle performed at Athenaeum Theatre preview commencing 9 November 1995

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Photograhed newspaper advertisment

Theatre program - Desire under the Elms (play) by Eugene O'Neill performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 1 November 1977

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Paper program for a play performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 1 November 1977; coloured cover; 16 p. includes articles about the play and the author

Theatre Flyer - Psychic Sally On The Road Australia (interactive show) performed at Athenaeum Theatre 24 June 2015. Sally Morgan & her psychic services are investigational & for the purpose of entertainment

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Poster - The Umbilical Brothers KiDSHoW (Not Suitable for Children) (comedy) performed at Athenaeum Theatre commencing 31 March 2015 as part of Comedy Festival

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Newspaper Advertisement - Ben Elton: Stand up Comic (comedy) by Ben Elton to be performed at Athenaeum Theatre 21 August 1994

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

black and white

Historical information

The Sun4/8/94

Theatre Poster - Drumstruck direct from Africa (South Africa) (interactive musical) performed at The Athenaeum on 8th May 2015

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Flyer - Garcon Un Kir!, (comedy)by Didier Guyon performed at Athenaeum Theatre as part of Comedy Festival commencing 29 March 1994

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

coloured flyer

Historical information

Part of the mebourne comedy festival

Theatre Poster - Stephen Lynch Live! (musical-based comedy) performed at Athenaeum Theatre on 22 August 2013

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre program - Mourning Becomes Electra: Part Two (play) by Eugene O'Neill performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing 4 February 1981

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

paper program

Theatre Program - The Colony (play) performed by the Theatre Co at the Athenaeum II Theatre, Melbourne commencing March 1986

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Flyer - Dinosaur Train : A Rainforest adventure presented by Jim Hesson commencing at the Athenaeum Theatre July 7

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Coloured flyer

promotiomal materials - World Famous by stephen K Amos commencing at the Athenaeum Theatre om the 30 April

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

small coloured

Newspaper Article - My dad wrote a porno(comedy) commencing at the Athenaeum Theatre August 18

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

newspaper article

Theatre program - The Interrupted Honeymoon / Doctor Syn (films) shown at the Athenaeum Theatre in 1937

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Paper program for two films shown at the Athenaeum Theatre commencing Friday 3rd December 1937

Historical information

The two films screened were produced by the British company Gaumont-British Dominions. Frank Talbot, who leased the Athenaeum Theatre, made an agreement in 1932 with the British company to show British movies exclusively at the Athenaeum Theatre, the first agreement of this kind to be made in the world.

Internet Article - The Legal Comedy Debate performed at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre on 14 April 2014

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Program - With Music in Mind (concert) performed at Athenaeum Theatre on 22 February 1998 starring Tony Barber

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Flyer - Henry V (play) performed at Athenaeum Theatre commencing 27 August 1999 by Bell Shakespeare Company, playwright William Shakespeare

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Flyer - Jon Gibson (musician) performance on September 4 1988

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

Theatre Flyer - BOB SAGET LIVE: THE DIRTY DADDY TOUR (comedy) performed at Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, May 16 2014

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

web page - Telling Mrs. Baker / The Woman Tamer / The Trap / The New Bridge / The Bishop and the Buns

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

newspaper article - Gala Charity Matinee for St Anthony's Home - article dated 27 June 1932 - at Athenaeum Theatre by Frank Talbot

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne

newspaper article - A lecture on phrenology delivered by Mr Osborne at Melbourne Mechanics' Institute - article dated 22 September 1840

Melbourne Athenaeum Archives, Melbourne