The Yarraville Club began in 1905 when 43 men gathered to establish the “Yarraville Citizens’ Club”. a place to promote good fellowship.
The Club leased their first official residence at the then newly vacant and renovated Edmundson Bag Factory on Simpson Street, Yarraville.
By 1909, Club members proposed to purchase their own club rooms. A member of the Club, James Cuming, generously offered his own land at nearby Stephen Street and a willingness to build modern clubrooms and a public hall for free and permanent use by the Club. This was subject to members observing certain trust conditions.
On 29th January, 1910, The official opening of the “Yarraville Citizens’ Club and James Cuming Institute” at 135 Stephen Street – where the existing Club still stands – took place and was described as “Yarraville’s finest day”.
The Club grew and prospered becoming a venue for members to gather. The Yarraville club began being involved in the establishment of various sports and social clubs by members and their wives, driving its community focus still today.
The Club provided the opportunity to be an active member of the local community as well as a place where members and their families could go for social activity and fun.
Renamed in 1957 as “The Yarraville Club”. Members finally became “masters of our own affairs”
The club rooms were renovated to include a modern bar and in 1959 The Yarraville Club was granted their liquor licence.
The Club’s prosperity and popularity have since increased at a record rate.
The Yarraville Club’s proud heritage of promoting good fellowship is a motto that brings together the strands of the past, the present and the future of the Club’s history since 1905.
In 1964 Yarraville Club was renovated and during these major works, a new Billiards Room, Social room and associated facilities were built. These renovations had cost approximately £40,000 and were a significant step in bringing about a level of confidence by members, staff and Club officials that the Club was moving forward and could financially chart their directions and follow through.
In mid 1975, the Victorian Government revised the drink driving laws and .05 was introduced which was to effect sporting activities. Entertainment continued to be a feature of the club membership. Scheduled events included the Yarraville Mouth Organ Band, a wine & dine evening and a Western night with Merv Lowry’s Country Ramblers. The Club also introduced new events and shows for Club members. The Super Sports Show was introduced with members encouraged to “bring along your questions and they will be answered by champions” such as Bill Jacobs, Max Walker, Kevin Sheedy, Peter Bakos and Peter Mills.
In 1984 the highlight for the Club and members was the new Function Room in. The official opening of the new extension was Sunday 17th June 1984. On opening night the new function room was filled to capacity with over 500 guests attending the new auditorium.
This new facility allowed the Club to further extend its entertainment programme and catering facilities including weddings, Football Club and League presentation evenings as well as Big Band nights, all of which could cater to over 400 guests.
The early 1990’s brought change change and more change as the club went through a re-invention of itself. A new legal structure was established and a board of directors replaced the general committee of management and directors. Changes to the bar were made to encompass more of a “sports” feel. In 1991 it was unanimously voted that women become full members, a move embraced by the community. Entertainment and gaming avenues were introduced to the club. The club continued to support the community becoming a Yarraville Fesitval sponsor in 1993. The second half of the 1990’s involved expansion of the club through its master plan and renovations to the existing club site. Notably Athena Vass and Sue Riley become the first female board members in 1999, the latter to become the first female chair of the board in the clubs history.
The change of the millennium brought with it the award in 2000 for the best social club venue for Victoria, by Clubs Victoria Inc. The members bar and gaming room were key renovations in the early 2000’s. The club celebrated its 100 year birthday in 2005 with awards from clubs Victoria.
In 2013 Yarraville Club embarked on a partnership with James Young and established Yarraville Live & Yarraville Laughs with the vision was to bring Live Music and Live Comedy out to the west with well-known acts performing to huge crowds in our function room.
Starting with a Bon Scott Tribute night in January 2013 for Yarraville Live which was huge and kicked-off the start of many great music events to come. Mick Molloy sold out our first Yarraville Laughs show and the success has continued on with Comedy also.
Almost 3 years on and the acts that have performed in the Club have bought people from not only the local area but from all areas of Melbourne. The likes of Doug Anthony All Stars, Michael Winslow from the USA, Effie, Dave Hughes, Denise Scott, Cal Wilson, Rhys Darby, Frank Woodley have all performed and the list goes on.
The Live performances are just as impressive with Tex Perkins, Mark Seymour, Bob Starkie, Ross Wilson, Glenn Shorrock and a fantastic array of tribute shows to top selling albums from Rolling Stones, to Bowie.
We aim to continue the success of these live shows through-out the year and beyond and are proud to say the Yarraville Club have won Community Clubs Association of Victoria “Best Entertainment Program” both in 2013 and in 2014.