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Citizens Welfare Service of Victoria (1947 - 1996)

Community Service Organisation

The Citizens Welfare Service of Victoria came into being in 1947. Previously it was known as the Charity Organisation Society of Melbourne. The name change coincided with a change in focus towards casework and counselling, employing only professionally trained social workers and expanding its 'client group' into Melbourne's northern and western suburbs. The organisation became known as the Drummond Street Relationship Centre from 1996 until 2010, when it was renamed Drummond Street Services.


 1887 - 1947 Charity Organisation Society of Melbourne
       1947 - 1996 Citizens Welfare Service of Victoria

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Sources used to compile this entry: Francis, Rosemary, 'Charity Organisation Society of Melbourne (1887 -)', in Australian Women's Register, National Foundation for Australian Women, 2003,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill