Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum…

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Activities, Tourist | 0 comments

Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum…

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The Mission to Seafarers is one of those buildings that has fascinated me for years (and this is even before I knew the name). I recall driving past it when I was younger when it used to be in the middle of nowhere…now it’s between two somewheres (crown and docklands).

The building itself is interesting, packed with shapes and who would expect a spanish villa on Flinders St!!

Last year we had the chance to look around and take a tour as part of the Melbourne Open House Day.

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The mission is set up to support, shelter and minister, you guessed it, seafarers. The building has accommodation, a garden, Internet, library, chapel, bar/restaurant and a souvenir shop. It is designed as a place for those who have been at sea, far from home to find respite. I am a little enchanted.

The mission its self is a Christian agency but is open to and supports seafarers of all nationalities and faiths.

While in my mind me on a ship equates to cocktails at sunset, dance in evening wear and a new romance (I do love the series Love Boat) the reality for hundreds is long long working weeks, danger, far from family and friends and no way off the ship (save jumping) this place must seem pretty good. It felt homey while we were there, a little like a camp or mountain lodge.

Our guided tour showed us many of the rooms and functions, there was a church session was in progress but we had a quick chance to look around the historic chapel and the great hall. 20110516-114155.jpg

The garden was both a surprise and a delight. Packed with flowers and a tree that I recall as a willow (could have been anything) providing the perfect patch of land for those who have been so far from it.

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If you do get the chance check it out and if you are after a new charity this place takes donations.

The mission address :

The Mission to Seafarers
717 Flinders Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3008
telephone : +61 3 9629 7083
local website : www.missiontoseafarers.com.au

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