December General Meeting 2018:

The final Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia General Meeting for 2018 will be held on Friday, 7th December at the Savage Club. Members and guests are asked to arrive at 6 pm for pre-drinks with the talk to commence from 6:30 pm.Our speaker at the meeting will be Mr Patrick Byrne, the National President of the National Civic Council. He will be presenting on his recent publication, ‘Transgender: One Shade of Grey”.


We will also be holding a two-course (main and dessert) dinner at the Savage Club at the conclusion of the meeting. The price for this dinner will be $75.00. This price includes drinks during dinner.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this occasion.

The RSVP date is Tuesday, 4th November, which can be made via our email address at

A reminder that the dress code for the Savage Club is tie & jacket for men and the equivalent for ladies.

Thank you once again for your support of the Edmund Burke’s Club in 2018.


Annual General Meeting – 2018:

The Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia Inc. will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2018-19 on Friday, 19 October 2018 at the Savage Club in Melbourne. The business of the AGM will involve the conduction of elections for the forthcoming year on the Club executive. Members and guests are asked to arrive by 6 pm for drinks and finger food. The meeting will then commence at 6:30 pm sharp.

Following this, we will hear from philosophy student Hugh Samuel-King’s concerning the important and decisive role that late medieval philosopher, William of Ockham, played with respect to the development of western society.

As usual, we will have dinner at the RACV Club afterwards.

The RSVP date is Tuesday, 16th October, which can be made via our email address at

A reminder that the dress code for the Savage Club is tie & jacket for men and the equivalent for ladies.

Finally, a reminder for all members who haven’t yet renewed their membership for 2018-19 (or for those who joined us recently as guests or visitors) that this can be done via electronic funds transfer using the following details:

BSB: 083-781 Acct No: 142948446 Acct Name: EDMUND BURKE’S CLUB AUSTRALIA (INC)

Membership fees are as follows:

Entrance fee (once only) $25.00 Annual membership fee: $50.00 Student membership yearly flat fee: $25.00 (no entrance fee)

For those wishing to be by cash, the Treasurer will be available before the meeting to accept cash payments. 

General Meeting (June 2018) – William Pitt the Younger and Revolutionary France:

A General Meeting of the Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia will be held on Friday, 15 June 2018, at the Melbourne Savage Club – arrive at 6 pm for pre-drinks with the talk to commence from 6:30 pm, which will be delivered by one of our own club members, Mr Brendan Tam.

Brendan will be speaking on the topic of William Pitt the Younger and his role in the defeat of Revolutionary France in the Napoleonic Wars. This topic is of particular interest to our Club due to the importance of Pitt and the conflict with France to the historical context surrounding Edmund Burke and the spirit of the revolution.

Brendan has recently completed his honours thesis on this topic at the University of Melbourne.

As usual, we will have dinner at the RACV Club afterwards. RSVPs for those able to attend the meeting and/or the dinner are needed by Tuesday, 12 June and can be made by contacting

As always, the dress code will be tie and jacket for men and the equivalent for ladies.

Edmund Burke’s Club Conference 2018

The Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia’s annual conference for 2018 will be held on Saturday, 24th of February.

This important event will explore the meaning of conservatism in today’s world with the assistance of three eminent scholars in their fields.

A dinner will be held in the evening at Geppetto Trattoria in East Melbourne from 7 pm. No pre-payment is necessary.

Tickets for the conference are $40 and registration is now open through TryBooking from the link below:

Further information about the programme for the day can be found immediately below on this page.

The RSVP date for the event will be Monday, 19 February 2018.

Conference Venue: Clifton’s Conference Venue 1440 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Conference Program:

All presentations will be followed by a plenary discussion and questions from the audience.

9:00 am – 10:00 am:


10:00 am – 11:00 am:

What does it mean to be a conservative in a digital, post-Christian age? – Dr Kevin Donnelly

11:00 am – 11:30 am:

Morning tea

11:30 am -12:30 pm:

Conservatism today – Dr John Carroll

12:30 pm -1:30 pm:


1:30 pm -2:30 pm:

Understanding and challenging the discourse of the left – Dr Jennifer Webber

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Afternoon tea

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: 

Plenary discussion


2nd EBC Meeting for 2017 (Friday, 21 April)


I would like to again thank those of you who attended our first meeting for 2017. The discussion and contributions made by attendees were all very illuminating and this bodes well for future meetings.

Our second meeting for 2017 will be held on Friday, 21 April.

We will once again be meeting at the Melbourne Savage Club. Our Vice President, Dr. Peter Janssen, will be presenting a paper on Edmund Burke and his thought with regards to England’s ‘Glorious’ Revolution.

There will be a slightly different format for this meeting. Rather than gathering for dinner at the RACV Club after the meeting we will instead be having unique evening at the Savage Club.
We will meet later (at 7:45pm) at the Savage Club for a 2 hour function including food and beverages.

The price of this event is $45.00 (beverages included). You are able to book through the Trybooking link below.

I hope you will be able to attend this interesting discussion. The RSVP date is Thursday 13 April. While there will be a Facebook page please reply to this email if you plan to attend.

Yours sincerely,

Lucas McLennan
Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia

TryBooking link:

Belloc versus Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England

hastingsEditor’s Note: Joseph Pearce has written this article to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which falls on this day.

Picture the scene. An expectant audience, which includes the great Catholic writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, awaits the arrival of another great Catholic writer, Hilaire Belloc, the latter of whom has been invited by the University chaplain, Monsignor Ronald Knox, to give a talk to the Catholic chaplaincy at Oxford University. Seated just behind Tolkien as Belloc gives his talk is the celebrated Jesuit Fr. Martin D’Arcy, who records what subsequently transpired in his memoirs:

In his talk Belloc came out with one of his pet themes: that the Anglo-Saxons were utterly unimportant in the history of England. Now, there was present on this occasion a man who was probably the greatest authority in the world on Anglo-Saxon subjects and was the professor of Anglo-Saxon history [sic] at the time. He is presently professor of English Literature at Oxford. The man’s name is Tolkien, and he was a very good Catholic …. Well, Tolkien disagreed profoundly with Belloc on the question of the Anglo-Saxons. He was sitting just in front of me, and I saw him writhing as Belloc came out with some of his more extreme remarks. So during the interval, I said to him, ‘Oh, Tolkien, now you’ve got your chance. You’d better tackle him.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Gracious me! Do you think I would tackle Belloc unless I had my whole case very carefully prepared?’ He knew Belloc would always pull some fact out of his sleeve which would disconcert you! Now, that was a tremendous tribute from probably the greatest authority in the world at the time on that particular subject.*

Read the full article

How civilizations fall

by Kenneth Minogue

This piece appeared in The New Criterion in April 2001. It has appeared regularly on the internet. It is worth repeating here.

On the role of radical feminism in the decline of civilization.

How do civilizations fall? Islamic thinkers had an image for it. Consider a civilization based upon a court in a thriving city— Baghdad, for example. Arts and the intellect flourish. But over several generations, as the great Islamic philosopher of the fourteenth century Ibn Khaldun put it, the civilized become decadent with luxury. They lose their sharpness and think only of the good and the beautiful. And then some tribe of fierce Bedouin, smelling out weakness, come thundering in from the desert and storm the city. As barbarians, they do not understand the usages of civilization. They stable their horses in the libraries and use sculptures as doorstops, pictures for target practice. Given a pillow, Ibn Khaldun tells us contemptuously, they suppose it to be a bundle of rags. In time, however, the power of a superior culture is felt, and these people adopt and sometimes extend the ways of civilization, until they too are overthrown in their turn. Continue reading

Christmas greetings and the transcendent

The media have replayed the Christmas greetings of many religious leaders, all of which are edifying – at least the number I have seen. I have the welcome impression that the general community is concerned to preserve the cultural aspect of Christmas, if not the religious foundations of the Christmas festivity. It is reassuring the cultural initiative has been taken. It indicates that the elitist purveyors of materialism have not succeeded in blotting out the natural feelings of the ordinary person.

One of the most inspiring Christmas greetings linking the feast day with the transcendent is that of the Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President of the Acton Institute. Fr Sirico’s greeting can be viewed here.

Gerard Wilson

Treason and sedition – the worst of civil offences

Yesterday I was reflecting that treason and sedition have always been considered the worst of civil offences, punishable by death. It was not with reference to Muslims in Western countries on this occasion. Then I came across the following on a Facebook page:

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the carrier of the plague. You have unbarred the gates of Rome to him.”

A quote attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero – 107 BC – 43 BC. And so history repeats itself, so it would seem.

Gerard Wilson