Melbourne Anarchist Club MAC info, events and news


Major New Initiative for 2024

The Melbourne Anarchist Club is set to announce a major new initiative in early January 2024.

The MAC was established in 1988 as an anarchist printing press collective known as '@Press' becoming the single biggest producer of anarchist texts, magazines, pamphlets, posters and stickers in the history of anarchism in Australia. By 1999, '@Press' had ceased operation as a printing press having been overtaken by new printing technologies. The original premises in Brunswick housed 'SCAM Publications' collective, the office and archives of ASF Melbourne North and Barricade Books after they were forced out of their premises by rising rents. In 2001, the name was changed to the 'Melbourne Anarchist Club' as a tribute to the original Melbourne Anarchist Club of 1886-89.

By 2005, the prohibitive cost of required repairs necessitated the sale of the premises. Anarchists in Melbourne decided on a new membership structure at a meeting initiated by the MAC at Coburg Library in December 2006 . The original premises in Brunswick were sold in 2007 and after 18 months, new premises were opened in Northcote in September 2008. In 2012, the MAC merged with Anarres Books and under the new agreement became an Infoshop with a library and bookstore and commenced publishing the journals 'Black Light' and 'Sedition' and initiated the Fantin Reading Group.

In July 2018, members of the Melbourne IWW Branch in concert with a disparate group of radical liberal activists broke into, occupied and blockaded the MAC with the purpose of preventing the Annual General Meeting taking place. The MAC made numerous attempts to negotiate a resolution to the conflict while continuing to carry the costs of council rates, utilities and building insurance. Having run out of funds, the MAC re-occupied the premises in May 2019 but unable to raise the necessary ongoing funds were forced by circumstances to sell the premises in December 2020.

The MAC commenced a search for new premises in accordance with the March 2012 decision to establish an infoshop with two stipulations; it be a two-storey building, located as close to the CBD as possible.

Due to changed circumstances, the requirement to be located as close to the CBD as possible was rescinded and the search for a building was expanded to any premises suitable. After a long period of searching, the MAC collective agreed to even consider unimproved land.

In November 2023, the MAC made a significant decision that took into account current circumstances and consistent the original purpose of the '@Press' collective of 1988.


Statement by MAC about its future. 16 October 2020

After a years-long struggle, the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) has finally thwarted an attempt by a small group of political activists to obtain its premises by deception. As a result, we are now preparing to recommit to our principal goal: educating the wider Melbourne community about anarchism.

Over the course of its existence, the MAC has become accustomed to attacks against it by a range of racist and fascist groups. Most recently, a former Reclaim Australia activist, Philip Galea, was convicted on 5 December 2019 of plotting a terrorist attack against the MAC (Galea was also convicted of planning attacks against the Resistance Centre and Victorian Trades Hall Council).

Attacks from such quarters are, sadly, to be expected. But it is disturbing that others, including alleged radicals, have also tried to subvert our activities. In this instance, members of the Melbourne branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), joined by others from a small number of other local, non-anarchist organisations.

The actions of this group included occupying the space, preventing the MAC from meeting and otherwise utilising the space, telling lies and making slanderous assertions about the MAC, refusing conflict resolution and independent mediation, and recklessly endangering MAC members.

The MAC maintains that the organisations to which these individuals belong, especially the IWW, should hold them accountable for their destructive and irresponsible behaviour. The MAC also demands the return of all documents and other materials taken from its premises by members of these organisations.

Due to these extraordinary circumstances, and the financial burden placed upon it by the actions of this group, the MAC is currently seeking new premises from which to operate.

The MAC remains committed to supporting the campaign by Indigenous activists to Pay The Rent. In keeping with this policy, in 2018—2019 the MAC entered into an agreement with the Aboriginal Palestinian solidarity organisation to pay it 1% of the proceeds of the sale of the current property. Upon sale, the MAC will also be making a donation of $2,500 to Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre. These donations are not a substitute for a Pay The Rent agreement but a gesture of support to an ongoing campaign.

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The MAC is moving to new premises in 2019

The MAC is moving premises in 2019 and will be opening a new infoshop some time this year. The new infoshop will house the bookshop and library as well as meeting facilities.

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MAC is closed for repairs and renovations

The Melbourne Anarchist Club closed on 5 May for much-needed repairs and renovations.

When completed the MAC infoshop will feature;

* a full range of anarchist books, DVDs and other media and texts

* a properly catalogued lending library

* upgraded meeting room facilities with an electronic whiteboard

* a reticulated water system

* a solar-powered electricity supply

* a small cafe serving tea, coffee and light snacks

The planned work will be supervised by qualified tradespeople who have graciously offered to donate their labour and to whom the MAC is most grateful.

It is planned to establish a Patreon account to fully cover the cost of materials

For further information, please use the message facility on this page or email:

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New Opening Hours (October–December)

MAC is extending its opening hours. As of Friday, October 24, we will be open:

FRIDAY : 2pm -- 8pm
SUNDAY : 12pm -- 5pm
MONDAY : 12pm -- 6pm

MAC will be closed from Sunday, December 21 to Sunday January 4 (inclusive).

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New Titles (June 2014)

We have some new books and zines in stock!

Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One: From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE-1939)
Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Two: The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977)
Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Three: The New Anarchism (1974-2012)
Anarchism For Beginners
Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism
Contradictionary (CrimethInc)
Expect Resistance (CrimethInc)
Field Notes on Democracy
Freedom Fighters: Anarchist Intellectuals, Workers, and Soldiers in Portugal's History
Occupied London (#5)
Perspectives On Anarchist Theory (#27)
Revolt and Crisis in Greece
Rolling Thunder (#10) (CrimethInc)
Rolling Thunder (#11) (CrimethInc)
Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman
The Method of Freedom
The Joy of Revolution
The Subversion of Politics
The Work of Love: Unpaid Housework, Poverty and Sexual Violence at the Dawn of the 21st Century
Undoing Border Imperialism
Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle
What Every Radical Should Know About State Repression
Work (CrimethInc)

MAC is open every Sunday from midday to 5pm.

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An Evening With Testament (Test Their Logik, CANADA): benefit gig for Freedom Press (UK)

[NB. We now have copies of Testament's album "A" for sale in the infoshop. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Illogik and mastered by Metalworks Studios (known for producing hip-hop acts such as Drake, DMX, and K-OS), "A" is uncompromising in both message and sound. Offering 11 new songs and 3 bonus tracks in just under an hour, it's a lyrical explosion in the face of authority and oppression, a sonic boom in the ears of big brother, and a no-holds-barred escape into rebellion. Ushering in a new era of subversive anti-authoritarian hip-hop, Test Their Logik delivers clear methodical rhymes alternating with rapid-fire lyrical assaults over dark bass- and synth-heavy beats. The album begins with a lyrical experiment never tried by even the most renowned lyricists: a full song only using words that start with the letter A. This title track sets the bar high for what comes next: everything from confrontation to reflection, to dancing, to imprisonment, and liberation.]

Come and spend an evening with our very special guest: Testament, one half of the Canadian hip-hop duo Test Their Logik; North America's most widely-known anarchist hip-hop group.

This is a benefit gig to raise funds for the Freedom Press Bookshop in London, which was firebombed on February 1st. The Melbourne Anarchist Club is organising this benefit to show solidarity and assist with the repair and recovery of their building.

ENTRY BY DONATION: $15 waged / $10 unwaged

This is a fundraiser: NO BYO!!!

Doors open 6pm.

With support by MAC's very own anarcho-poet: P@ULIE


New titles for October 2012

We have some new books at the infoshop. Title, author and price below. MAC is open to the public every Sunday from midday to 5pm.

All Power to the Councils! A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919 (Gabriel Kuhn) $27
Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898–1937 (Chris Ealham) $20
Anarchist Organisation: History of the FAI (Juan Gomez Casas) $20
Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward (David Goodway) $25
Anarcho-syndicalism: Theory and Practice (Rudolf Rocker) $15
Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle (Maia Ramnath) $16
Fire and Flames: A History of the German Autonomist Movement (Geronimo) $20
Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States (Terrence Kissack) $20
Free Women Of Spain: Anarchism And The Struggle For The Emancipation Of Women (Martha Ackelsberg) $20
Imperiled Life: Revolution Against Climate Catastrophe (Javier Sethness-Castro) $12
No Gods, No Masters (Daniel Guerin) $25
Post-Scarcity Anarchism (Murray Bookchin) $20
Public Power In The Age Of Empire (Arundhati Roy) $5
The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics (Deric Shannon (Editor); Anthony J. Nocella II (Editor); John Asimakopoulous (Editor)) $21
The Child in the City (Colin Ward) $18
The Right to be Lazy: Essays by Paul LaFargue $16
The Russian Anarchists (Paul Avrich) $20
The Unknown Revolution (Voline) $20
Under Three Flags: Anarchism And The Anti-Colonial Imagination (Benedict Anderson) $20
What is Anarchism? (Alexander Berkman) $15
Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore) $20

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Black Light #1

MAC released Black Light #1 at the 2nd annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair. It's available for download over at

Cover for Black Light #1


MAC on Facebook

Did you know that MAC has a page on Facebook?

Well we do, and you'll find it here.

In other news, please note that the Fantin Reading Group has suspended activities until later in 2012/early 2013.

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