240 Lydiard Street, Ballarat

At Ballarat VRI we offer a range of services, in addition your normal VRI Membership,

facilities include:

  • Billiards and Snooker tables and equipment for use
  • Competitive Indoor Bias Bowls teams
  • Social dancing in the main hall
  • Gymnasium
  • all the benefits of the VRI

For details on how to become involved or hall hire please email

From the archives

Ballarat History

Ballarat Branch of the VRI was formed in 1916, with the main building opening in 1926, with the bottom or "Messenger Hall" opening in 1959.

The "Messenger Hall" was named after the Secretary Bert Messenger who served as Secretary for Ballarat from 1958 to 1967. The funding from the building came solely from the selling of tobacco and sweets from cupboards manned by Ballarat VRI members, installed at Ballarat North Railway Workshops. Of course you had to sell a lot of tobacco and sweets to have the  building erected, but should also remember that in those days all workers were members of the VRI and in excess of 800 workers worked at the shops so tobacco and sweets were very easy to get rid of.


From the archives

Join the club

I would encourage everybody and anybody to join the VRI. It’s a community and family that have been welcoming to me and my family. There are so many benefits and activities to participate and socialise to meet new people. BILLMITREVSK  VRI Member