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Through the Decades

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In the beginning


Brotherhood of St Laurence inaugurated at St Stephen’s, Adamstown, NSW (8 December 1930) with Gerard Kennedy Tucker (Priest & Superior), John Walter Russell (Priest) and Guy Colman Cox (Deacon) [1] Objects, Rules and Policy, 1933

Father Tucker invited in 1933 by Father Maynard of St Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne (at the suggestion of Melbourne's Archbishop Head) to take charge of St Mary's Mission, Fitzroy. [2]


Fr Tucker appointed as missioner to St Mary’s Mission within the parish of St Peter’s, Eastern Hill in Melbourne - both he and Guy Cox licensed as curates in that same parish  (17 June 1933)


The Brotherhood came to St Mary’s Mission House, Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy  on Sunday 18 June 1933

"On August 8th of 1933, seventy-five unemployed men who had been living together in a terrace of cottages in Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy, were evicted by the police, and so the work of the Brotherhood began."    [3]


Establishment of the "Single Men's Unemployed Housing Scheme," with the House of St Francis at 31 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.  Rent was covered through three groups of "Friends" from Anglican parishes  -  St Mary's Mission, St Peter's Eastern Hill and St George's Malvern.  [4]



Father Tucker (front row, 2nd from right) at the Patronal Festival at St Cuthbert's East Brunswick 1936.

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  1. Gerard Tucker had been one of a group of five students at St. John's Theological College in Melbourne who formed "The Association of the Divine Call", a religious community wanting to work amongst the poor in the inner city. Archbishop Henry Lowther Clarke did not accept their offer. Another of the group was Eric Thornton, who went on to found St John's Homes for Boys & Girls in Melbourne. Tucker himself wrote: "I had to wait for twenty years before the dreams of those college days became a reality". ("Thanks Be - the autobiography of Gerard Kennedy Tucker", p.31). See also John Handfield, "Friends & Brothers - A life of Father Tucker, founder of the Brotherhood of St Laurence & Community Aid Abroad" pp.21-23 and David Chambers, "Report of Melbourne Diocesan Consultant in Welfare and Community" 1982 p.4
  2. Gerard Kennedy Tucker (1954), Thanks Be p.69
  3. Chapter 8 of H. W. Nunn "A Short History of the Church of England in Victoria 1847-1947, issued by the Editorial Committee of the Centenary Celebrations, Melbourne Diocese, 1947 at 24 November 2009
  4. BSL Quarterly Notes for the "Friends of the Brotherhood of St Laurence" October 1933 No.8 - the first from Melbourne. See also Colin Holden & Richard Trembath with Judith Brett "Divine Discontent - The Brotherhood of St Laurence: A History", Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne 2008, p.45

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