GFS is a place of friendship and belonging where God's love is shared

GFS Australia Incorporated

Welcome to the website of GFS Australia Inc. You will find things to help you in your GFS Journey and to keep in touch (or reconnect) with friends.

GFS Australia used to be known as the Girls’ Friendly Society. GFS Australia began as a local branch of the Girls’ Friendly Society 140 years ago in South Australia.

GFS was founded in England in 1875 by Mary Townsend. GFS Australia, like many organisations that began over 140 years ago, strives to keep relevant and maintain our identity in today’s society.

Download a copy of the GFS Prayer 

Meet our President – Julie Somerville

GFS is an organisation that has gathered up like minded Christian people – women initially and now men, who have answered the call to serve one another (just as our motto says “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ”). For me it has brought about a worldwide family of friends, accepting each other, and getting along with each other with God’s grace in abundance. I have found a place to belong, a place where I can just be me, no great expectations, but to work together for the benefit of each other and to share the Good News of Jesus. There is always someone to call on who will pray for each other, to lend a hand, to be a friend as needed. I have moved from Hobart to Brisbane, knowing that I will find a similar group of women to share the GFS bond.

GFS is my way of serving others, it sharpened my desire to fulfill this through my employment as a teacher and in all aspects of my life. Good Friends Society!  Who wouldn’t want to belong!

Theme Prayer

To read about my theme and the Executive team please head on over to our “about us” tab.



2023 Service at Brisbane Cathedral – Commissioning of New Executive

GFS Motto ~ Bear one another’s burdens 
and so fulfil the Law of Christ. Galatians 6:2