Blessed to be a Blessing Ball

ONE MONTH TO GO!!! Come and join us at our Blessed to be a Blessing Ball https://buff.ly/2NfTIMS $80 per person (includes a 3 course meal – alcohol available for purchase at a cash bar) Photobooth fun and a DJ to dance the night away 💃🕺 So get your dancing shoes on and get a ticket today – why not grab some friends and get a table of 10 together


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Monday Memories – Part 2 – The GFS Lodge

Continuing our MM of the GFS Lodge, you will recall that The Society agreed to purchase a property. Mr Vincent a prominent Perth business man whose wife has been an Associate of St George’s Cathedral branch for many years and a friend of Mrs Ethel Burt co-operated with others to put up the required amount and soon afterwards he and Mr Loton became such generous benefactors to the Society.
The building at 240 Adelaide Terrace was in a poor condition when purchased and needed extensive renovations to make it suitable for its purpose. The Honorary Architect was Mr Herbert Parry and he worked tirelessly to develop a practical and attractive Lodge on the site. The cost to build the centre block and kitchen and renovate the existing buildings was 1,600 pounds (approximately AUS$162,000 in todays value).

Lady Barron, who was the wife of the Governor and also Patron of the Society, raised 1,000 pounds in a personal fund raising campaign. A leather bound book in which the donations are recorded are held in our archives. The GFS branches also contributed to the appeal. It is interesting to remember that during that time men earned approximately 1 pound per week!

The GFS Lodge was official opened by the Governor Sir Harry Barron on 5 June 1915 in the presence of a large gathering of people and officials. It was Lady Barron’s aim that the Lodge should be free of debt before she left WA and she made a special appeal in 1917 before she left. By 1920 1,874 pounds, plus interest, had been paid off the load, with 900 pounds still wing to Messrs Vincent and Loton. This they very generously liquidated, leaving the Lodge free of any debt and owned by GFS. In addition, money collected by the President, Mrs Riley, in a special appeal was returned to her by Messrs Vincent and Loton. This money was later used to help establish a hostel at Fremantle.

First photo is of Lady Barron and second is of Mr Loton (Mayor of Perth)


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Monday Memories

This week we are sharing our memories of another one of our early members Miss Margaret Milne Robertson. She was the GFS Secretary from 1931 to 1937. She was also Chairman of the Ethel Burt Townsend Fellowship during its most active period. She was a branch leader at South Perth and also GFS Representative on the Travellers’ Aid Society.

She met many migrants on their arrival at Fremantle and assisted them in every way possible. This was a work she continued over many years. Miss Milne Robertson organised many Easter camps in the hills and also went out in the GFS caravan when help was needed.

There was a great deal of work carried out from GFS Headquarters during the Depression years and Miss Milne Robertson played a major role in coordinating this.


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Membership

It’s time to renew your membership – or if you are not a member would you like to join. Please head to our webpage to get all the information you need to become a member today https://buff.ly/32c6fGg You can even pay online if you like!


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“Monday Memories – Part 1 – The GFS Lodge

GFS Lodge (Townsend Lodge) is situated at the site of the home of Captain John Septimus Roe, the first Surveyor General in Western Australia. The original home was a two story brick one, it had a tower and an upstairs balcony, it’s large garden and hedge sprawled on to Adelaide Terrace where there was formerly a ‘bend’ in the Terrace. There were stables in the backyard, a cellar under the dining room and a windmill provided water for the residents.

Ever since 1915 there has been a caring home provided on this same site for thousands of senior students and young business women. Most were from country areas and they came to Perth to continue their studies or to take up a job. The need for the Lodge was clearly seen by the Society and on 30 May 1913 a special meeting was called to discuss a proposal from the Claremont branch: “That all branches make a great effort to raise funds for a central Lodge.” This proposal was passed unanimously. In spite of the outbreak of war in 1914, when plans were being made, it was carried to a successful conclusion in 1915. This was made possible through the generosity of Richard Vincent and William Loton (later Sir William Loton), who advanced the 1,200 pounds required to purchase the building and this money was to be repaid, with interest, in seven years.

The first photo is that of the building in 1915 when it was purchased, second the statue of Captain John Septimus Roe and the third is after the first renovations were done around 1920″
 

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GFS Women’s Group

This Wednesday the 10th of July is our inaugural meeting of the new GFS Women’s Group at St John’s Anglican Church hall Greenwood from 7.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month.  If you have been in GFS before or are interested in coming along to see how you may like to be involved more in our Communities and see how you may like to share your talents with others then please join us – more information can be found here 

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Wongan Hills Holiday Club

It’s on again – Holiday Club in Wongan Hills!

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July 2019 at The Mocardy Centre, Wongan Hills.  On Sunday morning we will be singing songs and helping out with the service if the children would like to be involved.  Lots of fun with crafts, singing, bible stories, games and much more.  Come along and join in the fun.  Register online here or pick up your forms from the Mocardy Centre.

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Mother & Daughter High Tea

Yeah sure, our standard Mother and Daughter High Tea’s are pretty awesome (who doesn’t salivate at just the thought of a warm, freshly baked scone smothered in clotted cream and jam?), but a Disney themed one that is going to be awesome!

Honestly though, what better way to spend an afternoon than surrounded by all-things Disney while munching on yummy food? There’s something to suit everyone, whether you’re a Snow White girl like me or a diehard Aladdin fan, there will be plenty of fun to be had at our Disney-themed afternoon tea this year.

Book online through the link below or pay on the day but please RSVP so we know for catering (and gift) purposes.  So ‘get your ears on’ and come and have some fun at our annual Mother and Daughter High Tea.

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Who Let The Dads Out? is coming!

GFS Perth is proud to announce we are working with Care for the Family in the UK to promote Who Let The Dads Out? movement in Western Australia (and then hopefully Australia!)  Any churches interested in running a group please contact the GFS Perth Office on 9202 1627 or email wholetthedadsout@gfsperth.com.au and we will get in contact with you.  Read more on our Who Let The Dads Out? page or follow us on the Facebook page 

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GFS World Council South Africa 2020

We have heard from Thembeka about the costing for World Council in 2020 9-19 July 2020
 

The process of viewing the Venue and other Conference needs has been finalized. According to calculations made, the cost of the GFS World Council Conference fees are R13,500.00 as per South African currency and is of today $993.00 US dollars, $ 1,358 AUD , Euro 867, Pounds 758. You can check the exchange rate yourselves. We all know that it will fluctuate and will depend on when did one pay. What is important at this stage is to know that Conference Fees are R 13,500.00 (South African Rand is the currency). Please respond back to GFS Australia by the end of February please to allow us to collate a list of those who are definitely wanting to attend world council and as a country we will send this information to Thembeka. The venue will be about an hour away from Johannesburg (this might also assist in planning air fares). Those people who are strongly interested by not quite sure about committing could also be noted. Please respond to Julie (julie679233@gmail.com – by the end of February) Yes, I am definitely coming to World Council in 2020, or I am very interested but still unsure about attending world council in 2020

or No, I am not able to attend world council in 2020

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