Governor General Quentin Bryce has flattened many a gender barrier throughout her career –one of the first women admitted to the bar in Queensland, the second to be Governor of Queensland and clearly the first GG to a wear pink twinset and pearls -- but she has yet to face the old boys club alive and well in Melbourne’s CBD.

Barry Everingham, who comments on all matters royal, has confirmed to Crikey the appointment of a woman as GG would pose a problem for the exclusive men-only Melbourne Club, home of Victoria’s wealthy and powerful gents. "It is a club tradition to offer honorary membership to the Governor General", he said.