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27-March-2017 (Neil Follett)
27-March-2017 (Neil Follett)

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A monument commemorates the centenary of the founding of the Melbourne Athenaeum. Additions were made to the stone to commemorate the sesquicentenary in 1989 and list the names of office bearers and committee members. 

The celebrate the centenary of the Melbourne Athenaeum, a special addition has been made to the commemorative stone on the main stairway of the institution. This records the date of the foundation of the institution, November 12, 1839, of the erection of the first building in 1843, of the laying of the foundation stone of the main hall on July 1, 1872, and of the reconstruction under which the hall became the Athenaeum in 1924. The completed history in stone will be unveiled, by the president (Mr. G. A. Fielding) tomorrow afternoon at 4.15.
The Age (Melbourne), 13 June 1940. 


Address:188 Collins Street, Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.815142
Long: 144.96746
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event STart Date:12-November-1839
Actual Event End Date:12-November-1939


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 14th June, 1940
Front Inscription

The Centenary Of This Institution
Was Celebrated On The 12th Nov. 1939.  
George A. Fielding, Esq. President.

The Institution Was Founded On 12th Nov. 1839
By Capt. Lonsdale, The First President.  

The First Building Was Erected In 1843.
James Simpson, Esq., President.

This Stone Was Laid By
1st July 1872

The Hall Was Reconstructed In 1924 As A Theatre, When
The Stone Was Relaid
By Charles Rennie, Esq., President
On 1st July 1924.

The Sesquincentennial Of The
Melbourne Athanaeum Was
Celebrated On 12th of Nov, 1989  

Office Bearers
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Source: MA
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