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Vegetarian Society

Join this Vicfix campaign to read about Victoria's vegetarians who made an early stand against eating meat

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the Vegetarian Society

The Vegetarian Society was formed in Melbourne in June 1886 and held its inaugural meeting in Australia's first vegetarian restaurant, Mrs Harvie's Vegetarian Dining Room, at 41 Little Collins Street (now an Italian restaurant). The meeting was attended by '50 ladies and gentlemen', most of whom were vegetarian for religious or teetotal reasons, and held the-then current opinion that too much meat in one's diet could lead to larrikinism and alcoholism. 

Read historic reports of the society's meetings, including details of the vegetarian feasts that followed. Written 50 years before the term 'vegan' was coined, letters to the editor provide differing opinions on the effectiveness of a meat-free diet and the joys of a plant-based lifestyle.

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