Friday, February 23, 2007

The Tattersall's Club

The Tattersall's Club at 215 Queen Street is one of the oldest clubs in Brisbane. The facade shown here is registered as 206 Edward Street. The club was founded in 1865 by a group of gentlemen who were prominent in both business and in the thoroughbred horseracing industry in Queensland. The Club derives its name from Tattersalls, the London horse auction mart and “subscription rooms” founded in 1776. It remains a private membership club, only open to men over 21 years old, at the Tattersall's committee discretion.

Today, the club offers a wide range of facilities, including: accommodation; library; gym; barber; pool; massage; billiards; card room; bars and dining; cellar; and associated specialty shops as part of the entrance arcade. The building itself is also an excellent and well intact example of Classical Revival and Art Deco Styles.

Being one of the last bastions of "men-only" clubs in Australia has not been without controversy. I personally don't have a problem with it, however, there are some who view it as sexist and elitist. If doddery old men want to pass their time drinking Scotch and smoking expensive cigars, who am I to argue! But then again, I wouldn't know any better whatsoever, and am unlikely to ever be asked to join!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

Click Here for the Google Map Reference for this post.

No comments: