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1962

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Children & Families 

Morven Holiday Home provides "tired or convalescent mothers and their children with a restful holiday", as well as holidays for elderly people and camping holidays for children in the Morven grounds arranged by voluntary leaders.[[1]

 

Community Issues 

Food for Peace changes name to Community Aid Abroad (CAA).  David Scott appointed Associate Director of the Brotherhood and part-time (but primarily) CAA Director in May 1962 with salary funded by Brotherhood of St Laurence as a Brotherhood contribution to international social service.[2]

 

BSL staff and residents of Carrum Downs & St Laurence Park, Lara constitute a CAA Group.  Their contributions plus donations made to the BSL for overseas aid provide a welfare worker in a slum area in Poona and finance the visits to India of 3 young Australians to work in youth work camps organised by Service Civil International.  One of these was a member of the Brotherhood’s Children’s Centre staff who spent time in a nursery for Tibetan refugee children.

 

BSL's social worker withdrawn from West Heidelberg to review the 18 months' experiment in a locally based service. "It is already clear that the lessons learned from the West Heidelberg project will have much more enduring value than the actual work performed there." [3]

 

Fundraising & Resources 

A resident couple in the Carrum Downs Settlement established the MET-L-WIK Industry, making metal wicks for kerosene appliances.  Halfway through winter over 500 dozen had been sold to hardware stores, contributing to the income of the Settlement. [ [4]

 

Voluntary helpers in the Salvage Division set up and run a Theatrical Hiring Section as a fundraising innovation in addition to the introduction of sales of second-hand furniture at nominal prices. [5]

 

New Auxiliaries formed at Ringwood and Warrandyte [6]

 

Material & Financial support 

The second Christmas toy sales were attended by 170 families.[7]

 

Older People 

A gift "from a Melbourne friend" of £15,000 and a legacy of £9,000 enabled the purchase of a house in Box Hill (at 32 Kangerong Road) and the work of extending it to care for 15-20 frail aged. (Accommodation of this type did not attract a Commonwealth Government subsidy.)  This property was named Carinya - an aboriginal word meaning "resting place". [8]

 

Organisational aspects (BSL) 

The gift of Avalon historic homestead and 80 acres of land facing Corio Bay officially handed over to the Brotherhood of St Laurence by Mr & Mrs Richard Austin in October.  The BSL decided it would be used as "a conference and educational centre focusing attention on the economic and social problems that confront society and the Church in this era of rapid change".[  ]  [9]

 

The Australian Frontier organisation was formed following the 1961 National Conference of Churches, with concerns similar to those of the BSL in relation to society and the Church.  The decision was made that the two organisations join together in a common program in Victoria and three members of Australian Frontier joined the Avalon committee to plan activities for 1963.[10]

 

People 

Jess Millott, after 11 years as a voluntary helper, took up the position of Coolibah Club manageress at the start of 1962 and Jess Sumner took up "full time welfare work amongst the aged".[[11]

 

Geoffrey Sambell consecrated as Bishop [12]

 

Presentation & Publications 

Publication of Leisure: A Study of a New Housing Estate (David Scott & Robert Uren)    "This was a response to newspaper articles over a period of time characterising the new housing estates as social deserts; the study aimed to ascertain the real situation."    Published by F.W. Cheshire, it was supported by a grant of £200 from the Myer Foundation that allowed the edition of 1,000 copies to be sold at a price permitting a wide circulation.[[13]

 

A survey of the economic circumstances of unemployed families was published with an analysis of unemployment benefits and suggestions of increased rates of benefits. [14]

 

Children's and Youth Centre - report on five year plan of development, Brotherhood of St Laurence. November 1962

Housing in Australia, by David Scott, 1962

Our total Task, and address by Archdeacon G T Sambell to the combined staffs of Melbourne Diocesan Centre and Brotherhood of St Laurence, 16/03/1962

 

 

Refugees & Settlement 

European Australian Christian Fellowship (EACF, later to become known as the Ecumenical Migration Centre) formally established as a commission of the Victorian Council of Churches, with Bishop Geoffrey Sambell, Director of the BSL, as Convenor.  Its aim was to serve the needs of migrant communities in Melbourne's inner suburbs.  The work depended on building friendship networks between the refugees and local residents within a Christian framework in order to overcome the sense of loneliness and isolation. Although this quickly developed into an outreach into the migrant community in general, the emphasis at the start was firmly upon youth, on community-based social and sporting activities, with some individual work.[ [15]

 

EACF's first full-time worker appointed and BSL gives a weekly grant and an office at 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (October) [16]

 

Young People 

The Youth Club "has a number of outside interests - once a month films are screened for members of the Coolibah Club, the young offenders group at Pentridge Gaol, and a Mental Hygiene Clinic".[ ][17]

 

With the closure of Fitzroy Police & Citizen's Club for Youth (1962-1963), the Brotherhood became the major provider of this service for teenagers in the district.  Two program and activity leaders joined the staff - Margaret Woodhouse and Graham Bull.  Youth leaders also supported members who appeared in court cases.[[18]


 

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Footnotes

  1. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.9 (no numbering)
  2. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.13 (no numbering). Also "Nephew of Founder new Director", The Brotherhood News September 1969 (No.186) p.3
  3. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.6 (no numbering)
  4. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.2 (no numbering)
  5. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.12 (no numbering)
  6. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.13 (no numbering)
  7. BSL Annual Report 1963-1964 p.5
  8. The Brotherhood News June 1964 (No.165) p.4 (no numbering). BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.1 (no numbering). Another translation of Carinya is - "Happy home" in the Awabakal language of the Newcastle-Lake Macquarie region 22 June 2009
  9. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.10 (no numbering). "The adjoining paddocks to the homestead are cropped and contribute to the running costs" (BSL Annual Report 1964-1965 p.8)
  10. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.10 (no numbering). Members of the Avalon Committee were The Rev. G.K. Tucker, The Rt. Rev. G.T. Sambell, The Venerable R. Dann, Dr. J.R. Darling, Messrs. R. Austin, F. Crean MHR, A. Clunies-Ross, J. Reeves, J. Webb, D. Scott.
  11. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.5 (no numbering)
  12. "Long association with BSL will end", The Brotherhood News September 1969 (No.186) p.2
  13. David Scott & Robert Uren "Leisure". BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.16 (no numbering). Also David Scott in Catherine Magree (ed.) "Looking forward, looking back: The Brotherhood’s role in changing views of poverty" 1993 p.11
  14. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.16 (no numbering)
  15. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.1, 11 (no numbering), BSL Annual Report 1962-1963 p.20. Service Civil International (SCI) is a peace organisation that co-ordinates international voluntary projects for people of all ages, cultures, religious and economic backgrounds (from 26 May 2009)
  16. The office is located at the BSL until November 1965. Michele Langfield "Espresso bar to EMC - A thirty-Year History of the Ecumenical Migration Centre", pp.5-6
  17. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.9 (no numbering)
  18. BSL Annual Report 1962-1963 p.10

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