Our History

The Girls & Boys Brigade has a long history of taking care of inner city children. The charity commenced as The Boys’ Brigade in 1882 by Sir James Reading Fairfax from the Sydney Morning Herald and Mr Samuel Bennett from the Evening News, who were deeply concerned about the welfare and living condition of the young lads engaged in street newspaper selling and other inner city boys who were often bereft of many simple life necessities.

Our safe place off the streets provided boys with a social outlet and a range of vocational and recreation activities.

Since then, the Brigade has delivered continuous services to inner city communities and the Centre in Surry Hills, built in 1912, is a safe haven for children and youth in the community.

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