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MCC 175th Anniversary

Australia’s oldest and largest sporting club, the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), is celebrating 175 years since its formation with a number of activities throughout 2013.

MCC 175th Birthday Draw

To reward the fantastic support that MCC members and waiting list candidates have provided from 1838 to today, we’re offering the chance to win a variety of prizes.

Each month until the end of November, random draws will select lucky members and waiting list candidates who have registered their email address with the club.

Find out more HERE


MCC 175th Anniversary Gala

MCC 175th Anniversary Gala - November 15, 2013Join us for a gala event on November 15 to mark the 175th anniversary of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

A spectacular evening is promised at the MCG as we celebrate 175 years to the day of the MCC's formation.

Highlights include:

  • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés on the hallowed turf of the MCG.
  • A unique, on-field moment reflecting the anniversary involving all attendees.
  • A three-course sit down dinner specially prepared by Epicure’s award winning chefs.
  • A innovative and stunning live presentation bringing the 175-year journey to life on the arena.
  • Appearances from prominent personalities associated with the club and the stadium.
  • After party in the Bullring Bar and surrounds with entertainment from top Australian artists James Reyne and Daryl Braithwaite

Read more HERE.


Share your memories!

The past 175 years would not have been possible without the support of our members.

We want to hear about your memories of the MCC.

If you have multi-generational family involvement in the club, if you are or know members who have achieved great things, or even if you have an image that helps paint our 175-year history - please share!

Email us your stories - and view other members' anecdotes here.


Celebrating a history like no other

The MCC was founded on November 15, 1838 when five men - Frederick Powlett, Robert Russell, George B. Smyth and brothers Alfred and Charles Mundy - agreed to form a cricket club to be known as the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Since then, the club has been an integral part of Melbourne life - principally as venue manager of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), but also as a large, diverse club comprising people from all walks of life and backgrounds. 

For generations, MCC membership has been one of the most keenly sought-after in Australia.

Throughout this year there will be opportunities for the public, MCC members and waiting list candidates to recognise a milestone reached by few other institutions in Melbourne. These include:

• An open day on the MCG and in the Members Reserve for MCC members, waiting list candidates and the public.
• gala dinner for MCC members and guests.
• A 175th Birthday Draw for members and waiting list candidates.
• A commemorative cricket match on the MCG between two of the world’s oldest sporting clubs - the MCC and the UK’s Marylebone Cricket Club - on December 31, following the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England.

MCC president Paul Sheahan said he was honoured to be leading the club through its 175th year.

“The MCC is more than just a large group of members based at the MCG,” Mr Sheahan said.

“It was prominent in developing the colony’s cricket and played a major role in guiding the game until after the turn of the 20th century. It was also highly influential in the establishment of other sports in Victoria, including tennis, baseball and lacrosse.

“For almost two centuries, the MCC has funded and managed the largest and most attended stadium in Australia and today we also operate as a heritage preserver, tourism operator and custodian of public parkland.

“We invite our members and the broader public to participate in the festivities and join us in celebrating this rare and wonderful achievement.”

For more information about the MCC’s 175th anniversary, keep an eye on and the MCC’s social media channels - Twitter and Facebook.


11 - 20 of 34 Comments

Posted by: Marion Ronke on 31/05/2013 04:34:16 PM

Congratulations to the MCC. Like Lachlan I would be ecstatic to be made a member in the 175th year. What a Golden wedding present and December birthday. Love coming to Boxing Day even though it means leaving home at 7.30am

Posted by: John A Fisher on 02/06/2013 03:10:04 PM

It has been a wonderful experience to have been a member for all the past years and to have witnessed the enormous changes to the ground that have been undertaken during that time

Posted by: Denise Pennings on 02/06/2013 09:05:27 PM

Congratulations to the MCC on 175 years of fabulous sporting history.

Posted by: Tessa Smith on 03/06/2013 06:50:45 PM

Thankyou MCC for 175 years of commitment providing future generations with a world class venue.As the great Paul Kelly vocalist sings;"I go leaps and bounds to the MCG!"

Posted by: Annette Randle on 03/06/2013 08:34:55 PM

Looking forward to becoming a member ONE DAY congratulations a wonderful venue

Posted by: JIM NILSSON on 04/06/2013 04:49:29 PM



Posted by: Barry Fry on 04/06/2013 08:15:41 PM

I really make the most of my membership and have developed friendships with the security people who check the bags (they know mine off by heart), the library volunteers, the camera men, near whom I sit on Level 2, many of the officials, and the staff in the Hugh Trumble Bistro and the food outlet behind where I sit. The MCG is a great place!!

Posted by: Steve Mitris on 05/06/2013 02:33:31 PM

Looking forward to celebrating 175 years of the MCG and its facilities

Posted by: Joshua Suters on 05/06/2013 06:44:14 PM

happy birthday MCC, 175 years young and still going !!

Posted by: Belinda Nichol on 07/06/2013 12:30:10 PM

Happy Birthday. A great venue and club. I love my membership and the history that goes along with being a member of an excellent club.

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