Colonial Club buttons to hope for.
Who knows if any of the following survive? If you have one, please send a photo!
According to ‘Esquire’, traditional English Hunt clubs began in Australia in 1840. However, this club was much earlier. Did the fact it only had dingoes to hunt make it not a proper hunt club?
However that may be, in 1860 the Melbourne Hunt Club started, along with red coats and club buttons, and the following year the Geelong and Western Hunt Club also.
Cumberland Turf Club
This club started in 1834 as an exclusive gentlemen’s racing club.
St Andrew’s Club
In 1826 this was established as a Scottish benevolent society. According to the below, it had long faded by 1870.
Amateur Coursing Club
The members of this new club were a little disappointed in the new club button (?badge) …
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
The club started in 1891, becoming ‘Royal’ in 1895. The ‘colours’ were not described, but I noticed some players wearing striped tops; perhaps this was the ‘uniform’?