Girls' Friendly Society (Australia).

Also known as
GFS Australia. (1879-)
Function
Religious organisation
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35047548
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-461663

Biographies

Originally known as the Girls' Friendly Society, GFS Australia began as a local branch of the Girls' Friendly Society founded in England in 1875 by Mary Townsend. This was an Anglican Church group which formed to give maids and female domestic staff spiritual guidance and social activities for their days off. The Society later also functioned in part as an employment agency. The first local Australian branch was formed in Adelaide in 1879, with branches being established in all states by 1901. It aimed to facilitate friendship between ladies (Associates) and working girls (members). Associates would help find members jobs and encourage them in Christian behaviour. By 1910 there were 329 members in Sydney. The activities of local groups varied considerably. However, in its early days, branches generally held meetings for working girls and several also ran hostels to provide them with accommodation. More recent programs have included camps and leadership courses. The Society no longer focuses solely on girls. As of 2004, its stated aims were 'to minister to children, youth and their families', and there were 14 branches of the Society across all Australian states.

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Selected resources (14)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Anglicanism and Gender IssuesAnglicanism in Australia: A History Kaye, Bruce, et al. : Anglicanism and Gender Issues
    O'Brien, Anne
    [2002]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  2. Annual report /Girls' Friendly Society
    Published: Girls Friendly Society, Diocese of Melbourne
  3. For the upholding of womanhood : Melbourne's interwar hostels for 'business girls'Victorian Historical Journal 70 2 116-127 : For the upholding of womanhood : Melbourne's interwar hostels for 'business girls'
    O'Hanlon, Seamus
    [1999]
  4. Archives Office of Tasmania: Girls' Friendly Society, Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hobart (1926 - 1940)
    Minutes, 1926-1940; financial records, 1926-1938.
    NS 1241/107 and 119
  5. Archives Office of Tasmania: Girls' Friendly Society, St John the Baptist Church, Hobart (1907 - 1928)
    Minutes, 1907-1928.
    NS 1241/70
  6. Archives Office of Tasmania: Girls' Friendly Society, Latrobe (1913 - 1921)
    Minutes, 1913-1921.
    NS 945/5-6
  7. Archives Office of Tasmania: Girls' Friendly Society [of Tasmania?] (1913 - 1978)
    House Committee minutes, 1913-1953, 1962-1978; financial records, 1948-1978; Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, 1952; 2 plaques.
    NS 604 and 698
  8. Archives Office of Tasmania: Girls Friendly Society, St Pauls, Church of England, Launceston (1909 - 1934)
    Minutes 1909-1934.
    NS 472/45
  9. Archives Office of Tasmania: Girls Friendly Society, All Saints Parish, Tasmania (1910 - 1924)
    Membership lists (1910, 1912-1929) and journal (1914-1929)
    NS 354/80-82
  10. JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia: Collection of material relating to the Girls Friendly Society (1907)
    Printed ephemera
    PR9514
  11. JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia: Girls' Friendly Society (WA), Minute books (1893 - 1967)
    Minute books of the Diocesan Council of the Girls' Friendly Society (1893-1953); of the Executive Committee (1917-1967); of the AGM (1933-1959).
    ACC 1943A
  12. Anglican Church Diocese of Grafton: North Grafton Girls Friendly Society, Grafton Cathedral Parish, Anglican Church of Australia (1959 - 1970)
    Minutes, 1959-1970.
  13. Australian Historic Records Register: Girls' Friendly Society, Ballarat Diocesan Council: community organisation records (1882 - 1981)
    Minutes, including of annual meetings, 1882-1890, 1929-1981 (8 vols). Branch statistics, including lists of branch officials, number of members, candidates and associates, 1935-1981 (3 vols). Ledgers, 1935-1952, 1966-1976 (2 vols). Correspondence, 1950s-1960s, and newsclippings, 1960s-1970s (8 files). The Lodge Committee: minutes, 1916-1932; ledger, 1934-1938; and list of hostel boarders, 1955-1957 (3 vols). Entertainment Committee: minutes, 1933-1937 (1 vol.). Activities Committee: minutes and correspondence, 1948-1953 (1 vol., 1 file). Holy Trinity Church Branch, Kingston: membership roll, 1911-1913 (1 vol.). St John's Branch, Ballarat: minutes, 1955-1974 including the Townsend Club, and members rolls, 1926-1972 (6 vols). Girls' Friendly Society, Commonwealth Council: minutes, 1947-1956, and correspondence, 1962-1965 (2 files).
    2496
  14. John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland: Papers of the Lady Musgrave Lodge Committee (1887 - 1922)
    This is an unsorted collection of records (as of June 2004) relating to the Lady Musgrave Lodge in Brisbane, a home for working girls and women. It consists of newspaper cuttings, papers relating to emigrants from Britain (correspondence, application forms and letters of introduction from the Travellers Aid Society, the British Women's Emigration Association, Girls Friendly Society. It also contains references for various young girls and letters relating to subscriptions and donations,
    6745/R382

Resources by Girls' Friendly Society (Australia). (18)

  1. Australian newsletter / the Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1900-2013 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 77.429)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 77.429)

  2. Coo-ee Australia
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1960-1968 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50.837)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50.837)

  3. Coo-ee link
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1900-1994 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 46.581)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 46.581)

  4. K.I.T. / Girls' Friendly Society, Australia
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1972 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 39.444)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 39.444)

  5. Member's guide / Girls' Friendly Society
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1904-1974 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Member's guide / Girls' Friendly Society
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.422)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.422)

  6. G.F.S. its story : a history of the Girls' Friendly Society in Australia / by Peter Johnson
    Johnson, Peter
    [ Book : 1975 ]
    At 3 libraries
    G.F.S. its story : a history of the Girls' Friendly Society in Australia / by Peter Johnson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29.239)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29.239)

  7. Handbook for Australian G.F.S. leaders
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.064)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.064)

  8. The Girls' Friendly Society book of prayer : containing services, intercessions and prayers for Branch and Diocesan use
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1940 ]
    At Luther Campus
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.587)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.587)

  9. Together : prayers and meditations for use with groups of young people / Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1974 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Together : prayers and meditations for use with groups of young people / Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.07)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.07)

  10. Girls' Friendly Society Special Intercession, June 23, 1898
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1898 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.773)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.773)

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  1. Australian newsletter / the Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1900-2013 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74.688)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74.688)

  2. Coo-ee Australia
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1960-1968 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 48.078)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 48.078)

  3. Coo-ee link
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Periodical : 1900-1994 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.001)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.001)

  4. Member's guide / Girls' Friendly Society
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1904-1974 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Member's guide / Girls' Friendly Society
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29.921)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29.921)

  5. G.F.S. its story : a history of the Girls' Friendly Society in Australia / by Peter Johnson
    Johnson, Peter
    [ Book : 1975 ]
    At 3 libraries
    G.F.S. its story : a history of the Girls' Friendly Society in Australia / by Peter Johnson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29.208)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 29.208)

  6. Handbook for Australian G.F.S. leaders
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1953 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.877)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 20.877)

  7. The Girls' Friendly Society book of prayer : containing services, intercessions and prayers for Branch and Diocesan use
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1940 ]
    At Luther Campus
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.931)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.931)

  8. Training for leadership in G.F.S. basic course principles and practice / Commonwealth leadership Training Dept
    Girl's Friendly Society (Australia). Commonwealth Leadership Training Dept
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.071)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.071)

  9. Training for leadership in G.F.S. Advanced course, principles and practice / Commonwealth Leadership Training Department
    Girl's Friendly Society (Australia). Commonwealth Leadership Training Dept
    [ Book : 1969-1974 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Training for leadership in G.F.S. Advanced course, principles and practice / Commonwealth Leadership Training Department
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.901)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.901)

  10. Girls' Friendly Society Special Intercession, June 23, 1898
    Girls' Friendly Society (Australia)
    [ Book : 1898 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.422)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.422)

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  1. GIRLS'FRIENDLY SOCIETY WORK IN AUSTRALIA. [coming soon]
    Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928) Monday 6 July 1908 p 5 Article
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  2. Girls' Friendly Society ITS WORK IN AUSTRALIA
    Kilmore Free Press (Kilmore, Vic. : 1870 - 1954) Thursday 9 January 1936 p 4 Article
    ... G.F.S. in Australia is! from the pen of Mrs Wright, wife of the late Archbishop of. Sydney and I ... -is a land of many contrasts: The population is about I six and: a half million, and yet Australia is ... 675 words
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    ... GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY. AVORK IN* AUSTRALIA. LONDON, 3rd .hilv. Dr. Clarke, the Anglican ... held to-day. Tlic Archbishop said tliat the society has done much good in Australia, where it has had ... 58 words
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    A century of challenge : a history of the Girls' Friendly Society in Western Australia from 1888-1988 / by Jean Seymour
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  2. Great things He hath done / a history of the Girls' Friendly Society, Diocese of North Queensland ; Clare Reed
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