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“To support, maintain, and where possible enhance the values of Fitzroy, Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions Football Clubs and to preserve the integrity of the memorabilia.”

Following the merger agreement in 1996, the Brisbane Lions' Board entrusted long-serving Fitzroy official Arthur Wilson and former player and administrator George Coates with the task establishing a Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society in Melbourne. The Historical Society was responsible for the safe-keeping, repairing and ongoing maintenance of all items of Fitzroy memorabilia.

The initiative was designed to ensure all Fitzroy memorabilia remained in Melbourne, and be forever on show for both the 'old faithful' and future generations of Lions fans to enjoy. 

After years of sourcing and collecting seemingly 'lost' items, and maintaining those already in the Club's possession, the Historical Society proudly opened a Museum at Etihad Stadium in November 2011.   

600 of the Lions’ Victorian faithful were among the first to see the impressive – and much travelled – collection of Fitzroy, Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions artefacts, which are now permanently housed at the Docklands venue.

The Museum was the culmination of many years of hard work by the Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society, who helped fund the project together with the the Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Past Players and Officials Association, and the Club itself.

The Historical Society continues to host events and offer memberships to help raise funds - which help contribute towards the ongoing preservation and construction of the Museum.

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The Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society conduct guided tours of the Museum at Etihad Stadium, giving Fitzroy and Brisbane Lions fans, along with football lovers in general, a chance to enjoy the extensive collection of Club memorabilia, which includes seven of Fitzroy’s premiership cups and a range of other items dating back to 1883.

Tours are FREE for all Historical Society members, while charges apply for non-members. Tours of the entire Etihad Stadium venue are also available.

Museum Tour Information

Bookings for tours are essential, and can be made by contacting Arthur Wilson on 0405 565 814