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Celtic Club

This social organisation for Melburnians of Celtic (Irish, Scots, Welsh) descent was formed on 26 September 1887. Originally a semi-political association supporting Irish Home Rule, by the 20th century the club had become primarily a social organisation, though maintaining loose nationalist links. Disagreements over Irish political events almost destroyed the club in 1890-91 (Parnell divorce scandal) and again throughout 1916-22 (the Anglo-Irish and Irish Civil Wars), but it has survived to remain an important point of contact with their cultural heritage for many Melburnians. Since 1959, the club's rooms have been at the corner of Queen and La Trobe streets.

Richard Scully