Churches & Welfare

Banner Credit:  Margaret and Cedric Jacobs with children at the Uniting/Methodist church Sunday school cnr Claisebrook Road and Brown Street. (Copy of photo courtesy of Marie Pryor). 

There were several churches and non-government welfare groups active in East Perth in the 1950s and ‘60s and '70s.  This included the Family Centre on Norbert Street set up by Anglican social workers Mary Elliott and May Street.

St Bartholemew’s men’s shelter was established on Brown Street in the early 1960s. Also in the area was the Uniting/Methodist Church on the corner of Claisebrook Road and Brown Street where Cedric Jacobs and his wife Margaret were pastors. 

These churches provided practical and spiritual support to Aboriginal people in East Perth.  


John Pell

Marie Pryor


St Bartholemew's House 78 Brown Street East Perth, 1991 (State Library of Western Australia). 

Aboriginal children at East Perth kindergarten 1965 (State Library of Western Australia)