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New South Wales - Organisation

Methodist Department of Social Services (c. 1943 - 1965)

c. 1943
Care Provider and Methodist
Alternative Names
  • Department of Social Responsibility
  • Department of Social Services and Public Questions
  • Public Questions Committee

The Methodist Department of Social Services was the social welfare arm of the Methodist Church. Its work evolved from the Methodist Missions at Leichhardt, Paddington, Balmain and the Central Methodist Mission. It ran Iandra at Grenfell and Heighway House at Drummoyne and Thornleigh.


According to Reverend Harry Herbert, the Methodist Church's first Director of Social Services was Reverend Bill Hobbin, who had campaigned around the issue of slum housing in Bellevue Hill.


 c. 1943 - 1965 Methodist Department of Social Services
       1965 - 1977 Methodist Department of Christian Citizenship
             1977 - Uniting Church Board of Social Responsibility

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Prepared by: Naomi Parry