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by Don Williams last modified Jan 17, 2015 07:14 AM
Contributors: Dr. Peter Willis
For PhD Extract "Reality at the Outpost Inn" Copyright Dr. Peter Willis 2010

Outpost Inn

52 Collins St. Melbourne

Outpost Inn
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The following brief background was provided by Dr. Peter Willis.

The Outpost Inn began in 1966 and the and lasted around a decade. I was transferred to the Kimberleys early in 1967.
The foundation was driven by myself, Henry Rohr, the photographer priest who had a studio on the third floor, Joan and Esmee Maruffe, Helen Black, Patrika Sheehan and Gillian Mason. The last two were the only paid staff members until we recruited Roy Goodman who managed the coffee shop part of the project.  Fr. Jim Armstrong who ministered to the drug users some of whom frequented the Outpost Inn, was around as well. Margaret Roadknight had a period after I left, when she ran the singing program for the Outpost Inn.
The most knowledgeable people who stayed with the Outpost Inn for most of its decade long time were two. One was George (Yergen)  Malina who was living in a commune near Healesville. He was one of the Pallottine priest who spent a lot of time at the Outpost Inn arriving a little bit after the foundation period. George will probably know the name and possibly the address of the other key person for long term interest. He was a man then in his mid 20s who had had polio and moved with crutches. Fiona may remember his name. He is the key player over time. He was still around a few years ago when there was a reunion of sorts.

Photo Album Venue Photos by Don Williams — last modified Sep 05, 2010 06:13 AM
File Reality at the Outpost Inn by Don Williams — last modified May 15, 2010 08:43 PM
Extract from PhD Thesis: Willis, P. (2002) Inviting Learning: An exhibition of risk and enrichment in adult education practice Leicester (UK): NIACE
Image Outpost Inn Flyer by Don Williams — last modified Nov 17, 2013 11:49 PM
Image courtesy of Peter Howell.
Photo Album 1969 Photos at the Outpost Inn by Don Williams — last modified Jul 17, 2019 08:19 PM
Photos of Margret RoadKnight at the Outpost Inn from her collection. The photos were taken by Wilfried Erben.
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man with polio

Avatar Posted by Gillian at Jun 15, 2012 06:16 AM
Ian Parrossein...spelling unsure!

Outpost Inn

Avatar Posted by Gus Fox at Sep 24, 2012 12:09 AM
I used to frequent the Outpost in my early years and I would love to hear from some of the people that I worked with at the time. I remember a Bob Low and his older brother David Low, Ann Ledger, ???? Harrison. There were several others, buts names fade with time.

Contact Details

Avatar Posted by Don Williams at Sep 24, 2012 11:03 PM
Gus, if you could send me an email from the link on the front page of this site that would give me a way of putting you in touch with others who discover this site. You may also wish to write your own account of those times for the site.


Avatar Posted by Gus Fox at Sep 26, 2012 07:37 AM
I cannot find your email address Don?

email Address

Avatar Posted by Don Williams at Sep 26, 2012 07:39 AM
Gus, on the front page of the site, under the "Visitors" paragraph, there is a link to the "project administrator", which is me.

Outpost & Traynors

Avatar Posted by Narni at Jan 08, 2013 04:36 AM
Hi Gus, I just spent half an hour writing about my association with the Outpost, Traynors and people from there, then bumped something and it all vanished! Grrr... If you don't mind sending me your email addy, I'll write it all up in a word doc offline and email it to you. Feel free to publish whatever you like of it.
Cheers, Narni.

Re _ Outpost and Traynors

Avatar Posted by Don Williams at Jan 08, 2013 04:41 AM
Hi Narni, If you could email it to me (don at as I administer the site, I will take care of the rest. If you could include your surname in the email, I can the properly attribute the article to you.



Avatar Posted by Narni Cameron at Jan 08, 2013 05:54 AM
Thanks Don, will do.

Outpost inn ppl

Avatar Posted by Howard leonard at Feb 26, 2013 12:19 AM
I probably started frequenting Out Post Inn about 1971 or so
Met Marie Jennings , we dated till about 1976 or so
Share houses with Colin Pickens Richard Aylimg and Frank Lindsel