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
Specialist Ships and the Seafarers that crew them have been (and still are) a very valuable asset to Australia. They have helped in the exploration, development and management of the wealth of offshore resources around the coast of Australia.
Australia’s offshore oil and gas has been a spectacular success since it started in Bass Strait over 50 years ago with Esso-BHP, Shell, Woodside and others. This gave birth to a new maritime industry that in turn provided work to a whole new generation of Seafarers.
Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia (OSSA) was formed late 2017 to preserve and publicly display and educate the history and memorabilia associated with the Offshore Oil & Gas industry and other Specialised Ships that have traded on the Australian Coast. In co-operation with the Mission to Seafarers the memorabilia and ships models will be publicly displayed. On the 26th of April there will be speakers explaining the exhibit and what it is like to work on the ships.
Free Entry, but a gold coin donation is welcomed.
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.
Book Now: www.illusionairemagic.com
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.