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Social Service Centre

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Social Service Centre opened [1]



Free Legal Aid Service provided at the Social Service Bureau one evening each week by senior law students, supervised by senior qualified members of the University of Melbourne Law School.  They give advice and assistance to people who cannot afford legal fees and who are not eligible for assistance from the Public Solicitor. [2]



Social Service Bureau continues to support individual and families in adversity, with people coming from all parts of Melbourne and the majority from the inner suburbs.  “It provides a service for people in need, and at the same time keeps a finger on the pulse of the community.  When the early symptoms of social ill health become apparent, the Brotherhood, in its historic role as an agency of social action, is ready with an informed and authoritative expression of opinion.  This latter role of the Brotherhood, although of necessity it springs directly from the individualised casework, may in the long run prove to be the more significant contribution to the community.[3]



Opening of new Social Service Centre, Fitzroy


Third social worker appointed to the Social Service Bureau



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[4]


  1. Colin Holden & Richard Trembath Divine Discontent p.55
  2. BSL Annual Reports 1953 p.15, 1953-1954, 1955 p.21
  3. BSL Annual Report 1955 p.7 Emphasis is in the original text.
  4. BSL Annual Report 1959-1960 p.2

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