Open House Melbourne @ the Mission
The Spanish Mission/Arts and Crafts-style building complex was designed by Walter Butler. It was constructed in 1917, with the addition of the Norla Dome completed in 1919. The funds to build the complex came from fundraising by the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild (established in 1906), and a government grant. The building is significant for operating with its original purpose as a mission to the welfare of seafarers for 100 years. The historical Mission complex is architecturally significant as being a fine urban example of the Arts and Crafts Style in Melbourne. Before coming to Australia, Walter Butler was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement in his native England. He was a popular society architect in Melbourne, and designed many fine houses in Toorak. Today the complex consists of the St Peter, the Mariner Chapel, an extensive clubroom and administration area, the Chaplain’s house, a small cottage, and the Norla Dome. The Norla Dome was originally built as a gymnasium for visiting seafarers to maintain their fitness whilst onshore, and now serves as a unique and versatile events space.
- Open: Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
- What’s Open: All parts of the building
- Special Programming: The Offshore and Specialist Ships Australia (OSSA) will be holding a special exhibition in the Norla Dome of ship models and will be available to discuss.
- Building Type: Workplace
- Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available
- Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility
- Year Built: 1917
- Transport: Tram Stop D5: South Wharf/Wurundjeri Way on routes 35, 70, 75.
- Tour Type: Self-guided
The MtSV has operated from the now heritage-listed building at 717 Flinders Street since 1917. The building is iconic to the City of Melbourne and regarded for its perpetual service of responding to the unique circumstances of those who live and work at sea. The historical Mission complex is architecturally significant as being a fine urban example of the Arts and Crafts Style in Melbourne and you are invited to take a tour.
Led by our experienced volunteers you will be able to step inside and discover the original use of the Norla Dome, discover our hidden garden and enjoy morning tea in the courtyard.
The tour will take you through the entire operational areas of Mission to Seafarers site, encouraging visitors to explore the premises; discovering historical gems room-to-room. There are heritage interpretation panels and a number of display cases containing historical artefacts stretching beyond the Mission’s 100 years of operation at it’s now heritage listed building complex at 717 Flinders Street, purpose built for seafarers in 1917.
When: Last Thursday of the month or by appointment for groups of 10 or more.
National Trust members please use your code NTMember.
Cost is $20 plus booking fee.
Any questions email: email@example.com
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm daily.
Mission to Seafarers Victoria is delighted to present the Early Origins Exhibition – a wonderful collection featuring historical items previously unseen by the public. Discovered just over ten years ago in the bowels of the site’s Flying Angel Club and painstakingly put together by dedicated historians; Early Origins is a collection of newly-discovered stories of Melbourne’s maritime history.
Early Origins exhibition is a permanent collection of historical artefacts, photography and documents that uncover the untold tales of the early days of the Mission to Seafarers, the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and the Port of Melbourne.
The exhibition has come at a significant time for the Mission which in 2017 celebrates 160 years of operation in Melbourne – and 100 years at it’s present Flinders St location – responding to the unique circumstances of those who live and work at sea.
The exhibition spans the entire operational areas of Mission to Seafarers site, encouraging visitors to explore the premises for themselves; discovering historical gems room-to-room, guided by wayfinding signage. The exhibition features heritage interpretation panels and a number of display cases containing historical artefacts stretching beyond the Mission’s 100 years of operation at it’s now heritage listed building complex at 717 Flinders Street, purpose built for seafarers in 1917. Further to its significance of capturing Melbourne’s maritime history, Early Origins represents the largest and most complete collection of material relating to seafarers’ welfare in Australia, as well as largest and most complete collection of material relating to the international organisation The Mission to Seafarers in the country.
The exhibition is the culmination of years of hard work from dedicated volunteers and provides unexpected insights into the depths of Melbourne’s maritime past.
“We discovered the items by pure coincidence and when we started cataloguing them we were captivated by the stories they told about the people who came here. Not just the seamen who were welcomed from across the world, but also the hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life across Victoria”
Early Origins also delves into the foundations, design and construction of the Mission. The heritage-listed complex itself was originally designed in 1913 by esteemed architect Walter Richmond Butler, and is a merging of Arts and Crafts and Spanish Mission Revival architectural styles.
Early Origins is the first of a number of significant events marking the Mission’s 160th year and the centenary in 2017 of the current Flinders St site.
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When: Every Saturday and Sunday throughout 2018 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm unless otherwise indicated on our booking site.*
*Please note that there will be no shows on the weekend of 7th and 8th April.
Cost: Adult $38, Concession $32, Child (12 yo and under) $25, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $110
Food & Drinks: there is a bar on-site for drinks and light snacks, ice creams etc.
Getting there by tram: Mission to seafarers is easily accessible with Yarra Trams. Take routes 35, 70 or 75 and hop off at stop D5
Getting there by Car: There is also a car park just behind the venue at a flat rate of $9 or you can use “Parkopedia” to find other parking closest to the venue.
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Plan your visit this October to include viewing the 2018 Maritime Art Awards Exhibition.
Call to entries opens 1st June & closes 31st August, 2018
The exhibition will be open from 5th – 26th October, 2018 at our Heritage listed building at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands, daily from 10am – 10pm. Entry is by Gold Coin donation and includes a catalogue of artworks.