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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.


Meet our new President from the 2021 AGM – Suzanne Claire

Let me introduce myself for those I haven’t yet met in person.  

I have been a member of GFS for over 20 years and led our GFS Group/Kids Plus at the Kenmore Church of the Holy Spirit for 16 years with other leaders. 

My leadership of our GFS Group for girls started in 1997 and morphed into Kids Plus for boys and girls, which closed in 2015. 

I attended GFS Brisbane meetings to assist with the Brisbane GFS Branch. In addition, I have taught Christian Religious Instruction in   local schools, run Messy Churches and supported “The Home Away from Homelessness”. 

Currently, I organise with some great helpers, a Homeless Person’s Ministry in Kenmore and Brookfield Churches. Parishioners and the community donate, and we package the toiletries for our Home Away from Homelessness and other Anglican Church homes.

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

Saturday Symposium – Saturday 27th November 2021

To join us for the last Saturday Symposium we are meeting via Zoom, all welcome 2-4.30pm QLD time. This time we will be focusing on The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. GFS World put out a great resource that we have uploaded for you to use if you wish to use it from the 25th of November. We will have a guest speaker on Saturday as well as time to share in a reflective service, breakout rooms and much more!

There is also a lot of information available here at the UN site.

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