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Children & Families 

Family Service Project finalised (see 1960)


Creative Leisure Centre for children opened in Fitzroy in the new section of the Children’s Centre.  During the school holidays an average of 75 children attended each day, with an average of 65 boys & girls attending after school. [1] 


Community Issues 

BSL commitment made to assist an Indian welfare or development project through the Food for Peace Campaign, but still to be decided [2] 


Fundraising & Resources 

Croydon & Middle Park Auxiliaries cease through illness and lack of members. Caulfield-Armadale and City of Heidelberg Auxiliaries are formed. [3]


BSL Opportunity Shops are in Fitzroy, Royal Arcade in the City, Malvern, Dandenong, Mornington and North Melbourne. [4]


2.8% of Brotherhood’s funds are derived from Government grants [5]


Third cottage financed by the Better Way fund at the Carrum Downs Settlement [6] 


Brotherhood entered Edments Bourke Street Table Setting Contest in October 1961.


Brotherhood run a word-building competitionBrotherhood_word_building competition_1961.pdf , first prize is a return sea voyage to Greece, 3 days sightseeing in Athens and return rail trip to London. prize provided by the Greek Australian Shipping Line S.A.


Material & Financial support 

Widespread unemployment from February leads to great increase in numbers of applicants for assistance [7]


Instead of giving toy parcels at Christmas, the Social Service Bureau organised a sale of second-hand toys "based on the conviction that parents would enjoy buying for their own children if the anxiety about cost could be removed.  Accordingly charges were nominal and the toy sales planned to fall on days of Social Service payments or wages.  The follow-up study conducted by students in the agency indicated that parents appreciated the new system and it will be repeated" in 1962. [8] 


Older People 

St Laurence Park, Lara, grew to fifteen cottages, with plans for a community centre and flats [9]


The Carrum Downs Settlement water supply was converted to water gravitation, having relied on bore water from its own well to this point. [10]


First section of Keble Court, with Brunswick Rotary Club assisting with the furnishings, opened in December with 18 flats for elderly people.  Almost 200 applications were received for the flats. Brunswick Council donated an area of land at the rear of Keble Court.  Additional flats to be built when finances allow. [11] 


Organisational aspects (BSL) 

The Research & Social Action Department was set up under the direction of Janet Paterson [12]


Archdeacon Geoffrey Sambell took up the part-time unpaid position as Diocesan Director of Social Services


The gift of Avalon historic homestead and 80 acres of land facing Corio Bay by Mr & Mrs Richard Austin was announced in December [13] http://preview.tinyurl.com/2f9okak 


Presentation & Publications 

BSL published On Benefit, a study of unemployment and its effect on families, with analysis of unemployment relief provision, suggestions for new rates of benefits and criticism of unemployment statistics [14] 


The Annual Report included an article on The Risk Capital of Social Welfare and the challenge for change, responding to the report Financing of Voluntary Welfare Agencies in Victoria, "produced by the Social Studies Department of the University of Melbourne, (in which) voluntary agencies are reminded that ". . . unless the voluntary agency can demonstrate that it has a vital and dynamic purpose to fulfill it can neither command nor expect financial support."   Risk_Capital_of_Social_Welfare_AnnualReport1961.pdf


A new Look at Old Age , issued by Geelong Council for St Laurence Park (Brotherhood of St Laurence), Lara, circa 1961

On benefit, A study of unemployment and unemployment benefits in Australia, by Brotherhood of St Laurence, August 1961

Report of Conference enquiring into the aim and operation of a Youth and Community Centre with emphasis on the development, problems and future of the East Preston Youth and Community Centre, 19th/20th August 1961, by Kim T Wyman, Brotherhood of St Laurence



Refugees & Settlement 

The European Australian Christian Fellowship (EACF) , the precursor of the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC), formed to serve the needs of migrant communities in Melbourne's inner suburbs, especially non-English speaking Greeks, Italians, Turks and Yugoslavs. [15] 


Young People 

University Students Meet Social Problems - approximately twenty students lived at Morven and in a work and study week were introduced to the problems of the aged, the care of dependent children, mental retardation, rehabilitation, and the needs of developing countries.  The program involved days spent visiting and working in institutions and evenings spent in discussion with an expert from the same field. [16]


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  1. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 , p.7 (no numbering) "Children's & Youth Centre" section
  2. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.2 (no numbering)
  3. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.13 (no numbering)
  4. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.15 (no numbering)
  5. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.2, 17 (no numbering)
  6. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.16 (no numbering)
  7. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.3 (no numbering)
  8. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.6 (no numbering)
  9. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 p.10 (no numbering)
  10. The Brotherhood News March 1966 (No.172) p.4
  11. BSL Annual Reports 1960-1961 p.11 (no numbering) and 1961-1962 p.4 (no numbering). Also internal BSL history document The Rev G.K. Tucker and the Brotherhood of St Laurence 1965 [Tucker_&_BSL_HistoryDoc_1965.pdf]
  12. BSL Annual Report 1970 p.6 (no numbering)
  13. BSL Annual Report 1961-1962 p.1 (no numbering)
  14. August 1961. BSL Annual Report 1960-1961 pp.2 & 16 (no numbering)
  15. The particular focus was on street work with youths, on community-based social and sporting activities, with some individual work. Michele Langfield "Espresso bar to EMC - A thirty-Year History of the Ecumenical Migration Centre" p.5
  16. The Brotherhood News March 1966 (No.172) p.4

Comments (1)

phollingworth@telstra.com said

at 3:47 pm on Mar 9, 2011

The Revd, later Prof. David Cox founded the EACF

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