Automobile Club of Victoria (ACV) is formed on 9 December
First ACV motor gymkhana is held at the Maribyrnong racecourse on 30 April
First ACV hill climb is conducted at Heidelberg in June. The winner is J.W. Moffat
Club occupies rooms in conjunction with the Reform club at 243 Collins Street, Melbourne
First Dunlop Reliability Motor Contest is run from Sydney to Melbourne to demonstrate the reliability of the automobile
Motor Defence fund is set up to finance the legal defence of members and motorists against unjust prosecution
ACV conducts the first motor race meeting in Australia on a special banked motor racing track at Aspendale on 29 January
Club organises the first of many children’s outings to entertain the orphaned and sick children of Melbourne
Club moves to the third floor of the Equitable Life Building, 91 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Club posts caution and danger signs throughout Victoria as a means of warning motorists of the main danger points
Club provides members with a list of approved hotels in Victoria that provide comfort, safety and cater to the needs of the motorist
First driving certificates in Victoria are issued by the Club in an attempt to reduce reckless and inefficient driving
Women are admitted to membership in September. Nine join by March 1910
Club moves to the basement of the Equitable Life Building, 91 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
First motor show, at the Exhibition Building, is organised by the Club
Direction and distance signs are erected at five main metropolitan streets in Melbourne, as an incentive to the Government and councils
Touring department is established to cope with an expanding interest in roads and touring
Volunteer Transport unit is formed to help returning wounded and invalid soldiers.
Club hosts an outing for returned soldiers at Aspendale Park in October.
Club promotes its first motor insurance scheme
The Royal Charter is bestowed on the Club in recognition of its patriotic service to the Victorian community
RACV Vigilance Corps is inaugurated to control reckless and inconsiderate driving
RACV forms a Technical Sub-Committee to examine the technical aspects of motoring and test devices designed to advance motoring
Club organises first 1000 miles Alpine Reliability Trial in November
The Australian Motorist Special RACV Supplement is published on a monthly basis
The Automobile Insurance Company of Australia is formed under the aegis of the Club, offering a special rate to RACV Club members
Road patrol system commences in November providing mechanical assistance to motorists
First RACV Hotel and Guest House guide is published
RACV publishes its first in-house journal, entitled RACV Club Journal
First Club cabaret ball is held at St Kilda Town Hall
Club moves to purpose built accommodation at 94 Queen Street
RACV provides transport for returned soldiers in the first ANZAC day parade. A service it continues to provide today
Road service membership is introduced
RACV commences Broadcast talks every Friday evening, on radio 3LO to provide motorists with information regarding the state of roads
RACV appoints L.J. Bevan as Technical Adviser, to give technical advice and assistance to members
RACV makes new insurance arrangements with Lloyd's of London, introducing the Lloyd's RACV Policy for members
RACV begins issuing Road Courtesy League certificates to school children across the state to promote and encourage road safety
Pilot Service is introduced to escort country and interstate visitors through the city of Melbourne
First Safety Lane is conducted in Melbourne to examine the efficiency of motor cars on the road
RACV shipping service is inaugurated to transport members cars interstate and overseas
RACV appoints Emergency Free Road Service Station scheme, offering roadside repairs to Club members in regional Victoria
Club seeks more beneficial insurance scheme for members. Club Motor Insurance Agency Pty Ltd commences
RACV’s first Camping Guide is produced and issued free to members
The Radiator, RACV's newspaper style member journal is first published
RACV Caravan Club is formed following a successful campaign promoting public caravan and camping grounds
RACV’s first “little yellow vans” – Austin and Morris single seater coupes, take to the road
Club is appointed an issuing office for petrol rationing tickets
RACV opens new Patrol and Testing station in Little Collins Street, Melbourne
RACV forms Emergency War Transport Corps to operate all road transport in the event of an emergency evacuation
The remaining foundation members are awarded with life membership
Larger premises are secured in Dodds Street, South Melbourne for the sole use of patrols and the maintenance of Club vehicles
Road service fleet is equipped with radio telephones to make the response to calls from stranded motorists more efficient
Healesville Country Club was opened in September by the then Governor, Sir Dallas Brooks. Located on the Yarra Glen and Toolangi roads, the weatherboard club house was set on 120 acres, overlooking the Watts River. It had four lounges, a large dining room and bedrooms for 40 guests. The site had a nine-hole golf course, an en-tout-cas tennis court and a swimming pool.
The Club donated £10.10 for the Chum Creek Fire Brigade.
First RoyalAuto magazine is published
RACV turns 50 – Golden Jubilee celebrations
In November the Country Club purchased its first TV, an Admiral 24”.
RACV opens its first branch offices at St Kilda and Dandenong
Four women are employed to take over the pilot service, escorting interstate and country drivers through Melbourne
RACV introduces highway patrol service on six main highways out of Melbourne
During the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, RACV provided free road service for cars used by competitors, Olympic officials and some of the volunteer drivers.
Tree planting scheme started at the Country Club.
Three new fairways open, completing the Country Club's 18-hole golf course.
Finance Department opens in August to provide members with financial assistance for the purchase of new and used cars. The service proves very popular with members.
Additional land purchased at entrance to Country Club. The RACV Lyrebird Sanctuary Appeal launched, which funded the lyrebird aviary at the Healesville Sanctuary.
RACV Driving School is established
RACV organises first escorted tour of members to the Snowy Mountains.
RACV traffic reports commence on radio 3AK.
Club moves to state of the art Clubrooms at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne.
Highway patrolmen help motorists travelling along the Eyre Highway for the duration of the Commonwealth Games.
RACV organises a Traffic Symposium entitled "Living with the Motor Car" to highlight the need for traffic planning.
Croquet lawn completed at the Country Club. With the Country Club's ongoing inability to meet demand for accommodation, it was agreed to develop a master plan to develop the Club House site in progressive stages.
RACV installs 4 emergency call boxes on the Maltby By-Pass for road safety and member convenience.
RACV establishes its own traffic school at Moorabbin as part of a long term educational plan for children at various levels.
RACV establishes its own insurance company, RACV Insurance Pty Ltd.
A furious debate started about the future of the Healesville site: To sell or to invest? In April, it was decided to fully refurbish the site.
Young Motorists category of membership is introduced to give young drivers an active voice in the operation of RACV.
RACV Credit Union is established.
RACV Insurance Pty Ltd enters Household insurance field.
RACV Insurance Pty Ltd pilots Parts Recovery Centre in Dandenong.
Explorer Tours to the Australian Outback are introduced.
Patrols assist motorists leaving Darwin after Cyclone Tracey.
The first female driving school instructors are employed.
RACV Finance Pty Ltd is formed to provide members with a competitive financial service.
RACV completed 45 new rooms at the Country Club. “Each room has superlative views, ensuite bathroom, radio, television, refrigerator, telephone and tea and coffee service.”
Free Accident Towing Service is introduced.
Road Service headquarters open at Noble Park.
Computerised road service dispatch system is introduced.
RACV commences boat owners insurance.
RACV starts issuing tickets to key tourist attractions, Sea World and Dream world in Queensland and Sovereign Hill in Victoria.
Club Cobram Holiday Centre opens to all members.
RACV opens corporate headquarters at 422 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
A new gazebo was constructed at the Country Club.
RACV starts sponsoring the Energy Breakthrough school program, supporting the development of sustainable motoring in the future.
RACV offers on road battery replacement service.
RACV Financial Services are introduced.
Extra CARE and Total CARE Roadside Assistance products are made available.
Mini renovation of kitchen and dining room at the Country Club.
RACV introduces automated ticket system for members to purchase tickets to a range of attractions.
Home Loans are added to RACV's range of products and services.
First RACV Accident Repair Centre opens in Cheltenham North.
RACV Foundation is established to manage RACV's support for charities and community causes.
Motorcycle roadside care products are introduced.
Emergency wheelchair breakdown service begins.
Superannuation products are introduced.
RACV implements new roadside assistance system, allowing ETA to be given to members.
RACV launches Years Ahead – Road Safety for Seniors program, providing practical information and advice to older road users.
AirCare Victoria launched by RACV and the EPA to encourage motorists to keep their vehicles maintained to reduce pollution and improve air quality.
RACV launches website.
RACV launches Home Security.
RACV launches Fleet Care packages.
Intelematics Australia, in car assistance network is launched.
NRMA and RACV strategic insurance alliance is signed.
RACV launches Show and Save member benefits program.
RACV launches new traffic safety education programs, Street Scene for primary schools and Transmission for secondary schools.
Finance launches RACV Home Saver loans.
Veteran, vintage and classic car insurance is introduced.
Work begins on new Club premises at 501 Bourke Street.
RACV launches Farm and Business insurance.
RACV Parts, alternator and starter motor replacement service is launched.
RACV joins EcoRecycle Victoria’s Waste Wise program, committing to reducing waste and improving environmental performance.
Petrol prices go online.
Financial Services offers free seminars.
RACV Ticketing covers over 43 attractions and includes event and theatre ticket purchase.
Home Security launches portable alarm.
The RACV Rural Road Safety program is launched, offering grants to rural Victorian community groups to develop local road safety projects and initiatives.
RACV turns 100.
Mobile phone text messaging service for deaf, speech impaired or hearing impaired members requiring roadside assistance is introduced in December.
The RACV/Devine Home package is launched in February, giving home buyers peace of mind with a monitored alarm system and building and contents insurance for a year.
RACV launches a new plastic service membership card system.
Show Your Card and Save member benefits program is launched in August.
The time capsule buried in 123 Queen Street building is opened.
After much anticipation, the Club opens its new city home at 501 Bourke Street on 4 July.
RACV purchases a novated leasing and fleet management company, Direct Salary Packaging Group (DSP) in July.
RACV purchases a new resort at Cape Schanck in December for all members to enjoy.
RACV becomes a founding partner of Zoos Victoria’s new Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville.
Healesville redevelopment commences.
Wildlife Connect, a partnership initiative between RACV and Zoos Victoria, is launched in February. It is a 24 hour a day telephone service via RACV’s 13 1111 number, for Victorian motorists who encounter injured wildlife.
The RACV Salary Packaging office opens in Traralgon2006 RACV Insurance and CFA form a new partnership to promote fire safety.
RACV staff assisted Games volunteers at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, providing transport, accommodation and sightseeing advice.
RACV announces a new membership architecture and corporate identity in November.
RACV introduces Free2go – a motoring assistance program for young Victorians who are new to the road.
RACV Inverloch resort opens in September.
The ongoing contribution of the Country Club to community organisations continues through RACV's Good Citizen Program.
In June, former Victorian Governor and RACV Patron Professor David de Krester opened the newly refurbished Healesville Country Club. At the opening he said: “The Healesville Club adds to an impressive armada of RACV Club and Resort facilities and is a wonderful way of servicing your members”. The occasion was also marked with the installation of the stunning new forecourt sculpture Blue Tree in a Red Landscape by sculptor Konstatin Dimopoulos.
Healesville Country Club continues its evolution restyling the Members’ Dining Room to create a new grill-style restaurant, the Blue Tree Grill.
RACV Torquay resort opens in September.
RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel opens in September.
RACV Goldfields resort opens in November.