The Craig Family Centre has been a treasured meeting place and children's centre for over 60 years in the Ashburton community.
The Craig Family Centre has been a treasured meeting place and children's centre for over 50 years in the Ashburton community.
The Craig started its life as a result of a £2,000 bequest from the niece of WEJ Craig, an early Camberwell business man. Money was donated to the Camberwell City Council to build a Children's Centre as a memorial to her uncle in the part of Ashburton known then as Alamein.
Alamein was built from 1948 by the Victorian government to provide housing for low income families after the Second World War. Many returned servicemen settled in the area in streets named after battles they had fought, planes they had fought in and significant events of the war. The main thoroughfare was named Victory Boulevard.
Most families consisted of working men, with women who were homemakers. Young mothers wanted a community space where they and their children could meet to share experiences. They worked hard to establish 'The Craig', which evolved over the years.
The original building grew bit by bit with various sections added as funding became available. A Neighbourhood House, community health centre (now Access Health) and Maternal and Child Health Service was added to create a Community Hub known as the Craig Centre.
In the tradition of the original families, after many years of lobbying, including a petition signed by over 1,200 local residents, the Boroondara City Council approved a four year old kindergarten at the Craig, and to the delight of local families the original childcare centre was demolished and works began on our new Children's Hub! In 2015 our newest development was opened and in 2016 our four year old kindergarten program took its first enrolments.
The Craig Family Centre looks forward to continuing to grow with the Ashburton community and upholding our strong tradition of providing welcoming, relevant quality services to local residents.