The Bush Church Aid Society is a Christian ministry that has provided religious education, flying padres and counselling, welfare and medical services across outback Australia. In 2012, many of its workers are Aboriginal. It also ran children's hostels, providing accommodation and residential support for children who had to leave their homes for their education. One of these hostels was located in Broken Hill, at 182 Lane Street. It is thought that records of the Broken Hill Home are limited to one box of photos and Bush Church Aid Society magazines, The Real Australian. There are no lists of names of children.
The Bush Church Aid Society was an offshoot of the Colonial and Continental Church Society, which began in the Swan River Colony in Western Australia in 1836. In 1919 missionary S.J. Kirby developed new work, via the Bush Church Aid Society, across Australia.
The Bush Church Aid Society remains active in Christian missionary work.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'History', The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia, c 2012, http://www.bushchurchaid.com.au/content/our-history/gjjhrd.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 26 July 2012, Last modified: 7 November 2017