52 Collins St. Melbourne
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.
- Venue Photos — by Don Williams — last modified Sep 05, 2010 06:13 AM
- 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
- Outpost Inn Flyer — by Don Williams — last modified Nov 17, 2013 11:49 PM
- Image courtesy of Peter Howell.
- 1969 Photos at the Outpost Inn — by Don Williams — last modified Jan 18, 2015 06:41 AM
- Photos of Margret RoadKnight at the Outpost Inn from her collection.