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Union Club

The third attempt (in 1865) to set up a club to supplement the Melbourne Club saw a club for merchants, which leased the Shakespeare Hotel on the corner of Collins and Market streets in the business end of the city. Its rules differed from those of the Melbourne: strangers living more than 10 miles (16 km) from the General Post Office could be entertained to lunch or dinner. Pre-eminently a luncheon club, it was described as a morgue at night. Over-spending on redecoration and costs associated with honouring the lease led to its winding up in 1868, despite its nominal support among Melbourne's mercantile establishment.

Paul De Serville