Geraldine Briggs Hostel (AHL)
This Hostel provides short-term accommodation in Shepparton for Indigenous people who are starting employment, awaiting housing or in town for other reasons.
- rooms for families and singles
- disabled access
- disabled shower
- tearoom with TV
- children’s playground
- 1.5 km from Maude Street Shopping Mall
- bus transport is one block away. Bus goes to all local attractions and shops.
- La Trobe University and the Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE) are a bus ride from the hostel. ASHE offers a sport, education and training program for Indigenous students
- within 2 km are the Shepparton High School and Primary School
- Goulburn Valley Health is 1 km away
- Rumbalara Oval is in walking distance
- Aquamoves Lakeside (pool and gym) and the Lawn Tennis Club are within 2 km
- Home-ground services to assist with more permanent housing
- Centrelink Aboriginal Liaison Officer visits hostel to give information about benefits
- St Mark's Church assists with clothing vouchers and financial support with tariff
- Hostel Liaison Officer links residents with services eg Ngwalla Willumbong drug and alcohol rehabilitation
- Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy offers general health, optical, dental and podiatry services
17–19 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, 3630, VIC
(03) 5831 7258
(03) 5831 2751
Hostel Name Origin:
Geraldine Briggs or ‘Aunty Geraldine’ (1910-2005) as many fondly called her, belonged to the Yorta Yorta, Ulupna clan. She was born at Warangesda Aboriginal Mission, NSW near Deniliquin and Barham in NSW. Geraldine had thirteen children. The hostel was named in recognition of her many years’ involvement in Aboriginal affairs. She was State Secretary of the Federal Council for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee. She was the President and founding member of the National Aboriginal and Island Women's Co-operative and a founding member of the Uniting Council of Aboriginal Women. The women ran hostels for homeless and ‘at risk’ youth and visited prisoners and were involved in lobbying and fundraising. The women were instrumental in the establishment of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, and many organisations that are today delivering services to the Aboriginal community. In 1991 Mrs Geraldine Briggs was awarded the Order of Australia for her work in the Aboriginal community.