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Through the decades: 1960

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Children & Families 

Membership of the Fitzroy Children’s & Youth Centre rose to 300. The Centre is staffed by two full-time and two part-time staff members and thirty voluntary leaders.  The Centre opens at 3 pm each day until 5 pm for children under 9 years.  The 6.30 Club is for children 9 to 14 years. “ On the first Sunday in each month, children are taken to the beach or to the country and after a picnic tea they return to the Centre for a children’ service.”  Two Youth Club members completed leadership training courses and film projector operators courses and took on responsibility of voluntary leadership in the Children’s Club. [1]


Victorian Government advised the BSL that its subsidies for the Family Service Project would cease at the end of 1960. Consequently the regular visiting of families and more intensive casework was gradually reduced.  The initial project had been expanded in 1956 at the request of the Government and with Government subsidy. The closure was seen as possibly benefiting some families who could then rely on their own resources.  Others needed continuing support and, in the absence of any organisation able to provide this, might disintegrate in crisis situations.  Read what was said in Brotherhood News, 1965.  [2]


Holiday camps arranged for 254 children, including Apex camps organised by Albury and Wangaratta Apex Clubs, and 130 children were taken on beach picnics [3] 


Community Issues 

Housing Priorities published in November to highlight certain aspects of the Commonwealth-States Housing Agreement [4]


A Social Worker from the Social Service Bureau commenced work in the West Heidelberg area, working in close cooperation with the clergy and other social welfare people in the area [5] 


Fundraising & Resources 

BSL Commitment made to assist an Indian welfare or development project through the Food for Peace Campaign, but still to be decided. [6]


The Staff Auxiliary of Georges Ltd. made a second gift of £2,000 to the Cottage Endowment Fund bringing the number of cottages endowed in perpetuity to five (the amount of £1000 endowed a cottage in perpetuity). [7]


The Carrum Downs Settlement Residents’ Committee, through the Industries Subcommittee, filled 143,000 envelopes for General Motors-Holden of Dandenong with the income contributing to the running of the Settlement[8]


Four new Auxiliaries commence - Croydon, Sunshine, the Sewing Group and Wangaratta (the first country Auxiliary), giving a total of twenty-one [9]


Seven Opportunity Shops in operation - Fitzroy, Royal Arcade in the City, St. Albans, Malvern, Dandenong, Mornington and North Melbourne [10] 



Older People 

BSL receives approximately 600 enquiries each year for accommodation [11]


St Laurence Park grows to 17 cottages, including a staff house and Father Tucker’s home, with Geelong Apex Club and Geelong Grammar School boys each building a cottage.  Applications were received from all over Victoria, with priority given to applicants in the Geelong and surrounding districts. [12]


Planting of 2,500 trees and shrubs completed at St Laurence Park with help from Geelong Grammar boys[13]


Contract let for the construction of the first 18 flats at Keble Court, Glenlyon Road, East Brunswick [14]http://preview.tinyurl.com/2d8ur7d

Fr Tucker inspecting progress with Miss E. Little, Mrs R. Wilson (President of the Voluntary Helpers' Shop - Camberwell) and Miss A. Jones


Organisational aspects (BSL) 

BSL consultation with American social worker Alice Overton to aid in assessment of services and clarification of the aims and methods of the Family Service Project.[ [15]Alice_Overton_&_Girls_Camp_for_Rehabilitation.pdf


Presentations & Publications 

Miss Nell Rawlins, the Brotherhood’s Auxiliary Organiser conducts a program of BSL news and comments from 3XY every Friday at 1.45 pm [16]

Housing Priorities - the plight of the low-income group, an analysis of Commonwealth housing policy in relation to low-income sections of the community requiring housing, with recommendation for the 1961 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement,  by Brotherhood of St Laurence, November 1960

Is the age pension the answer, an address by David Scott at the Economic security in old age conference 23/03/1960

Children's and Youth Centre, Report on overseas Tour 20th February 1959 - 20th January 1960, by G Alex Greig, Director of Youth Work, Brotherhood of St Laurence, February 1960

Children's and Youth Centre, Recommendations arising from overseas tour, by G Alex Greig, Director of Youth Work, Brotherhood of St Laurence, March 1960

Housing for the aged, an address by David Scott at the Hospital & Charities Commission Conference 08/11/1960





Young People 

Extensions to the Youth Club officially opened by Mr Bruce Hall, President of Melbourne Apex Club and Mr Pat Loftus, past Public Relations Officer of the Victorian Association of Youth Clubs.  Youth Club meeting times extended to Saturday mornings between 10 am and 1 pm.[[17]


Members of the Youth Club broadcasted from radio station 3YC (YC Stands for Youth Club). They broadcasted over a limited network, within the Children and Youth Centre at Head office in Fitzroy.[18]

East Preston Youth & Community Centre established at a Public Meeting convened by the Mayor of Preston in September following the Housing Commission’s decision to cease supporting the BSL’s work after June 1961.  The BSL offers to provide a Youth Leader for two years as its contribution.[[19]


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  1. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.8-9 (no numbering)
  2. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.5 (no numbering)
  3. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 pp.7-8 (no numbering)
  4. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.2 (no numbering)
  5. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.2 (no numbering)
  6. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.2 (no numbering)
  7. BSL Annual Report 1958-1959 p.10
  8. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.5 (no numbering)
  9. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.12 (no numbering)
  10. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.11 (no numbering)
  11. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.5 (no numbering)
  12. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.6 (no numbering)
  13. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.6 (no numbering). See also [Tucker_at_Lara_1960.pdf]
  14. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.8 (no numbering)
  15. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.5 (no numbering). See also Helen M. Hughes A Survey of Anglican Social Work Agencies, The Church of England Social Service Advisory Council 1967, Pt.2 p.58 [Hughes_AnglicanSocWelfareAgencies_section4_1967.pdf]. See also the article "Family Courts" by George T. Frohmader in Minnesota Welfare Vol.14 Fall, 1962 No.3-A pp.23-24: "Until June 1959 Alice Overton served as director of the Family Centered Project of St.Paul. She wrote in an article entitled: "Serving Families Who 'Don't Want Help'" that first the family needs to gain a positive feeling toward authority through close contacts with a worker who shows the family members great respect. Next, there must be some exploration into how and why the family feels their animosity toward authority. Then, the worker should help the family develop the realization that it is themselves that they are hurting through their hostile behavior. Finally, the worker, together with the family, helps them to decide on some more appropriate ways to get along with authority figures." (From 24 Feb 2009). For Alice Overton obituary see Australian Social Work June 1988 Vol.41 No.2 pp.44-45. See also [Alice_Overton_&_Girls_Camps_for_Rehabilitation.pdf]. This may provide some of the rationale for the BSL's camps for disadvantaged children in the 1960's.
  16. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.11 (no numbering)
  17. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 pp.6-7(no numbering). Opened in August 1960, the extensions, carried out by the Melbourne Apex Club and Youth Club members, provided additional space by removing a wall between two rooms and installing a coffee bar in the sitting room.
  18. Newspaper Article: 3YC calling..Youth on the "air", The Sun, 26/07/1960, & BSL Notes, October 1960 no 144, page 3.
  19. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.10 (no numbering

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