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100 years of Traveller’s Aid
14 Jul 2016
Traveller’s Aid is celebrating its 100th anniversary, having provided assistance to vulnerable passengers from World War I through to the present day.
In partnership with Public Transport Victoria, Traveller’s Aid provides support to help vulnerable people move independently and confidently through Victoria’s public transport network.
Traveller’s Aid first established facilities at Southern Cross Station in 1916 and later expanded to Flinders Street Station and Seymour Station.
After World War I, the not-for-profit organisation supported refugees escaping war-torn Europe and its role continued to evolve and expand throughout the 20th Century in response to historical events.
Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, Traveller’s Aid reunited lost children with their parents and greeted and housed migrant families on their way to rural reception centres.
In the late 1980s the Traveller’s Aid Disability Service was opened, which allowed the organisation to work with transport operators to encourage people with disability to stay connected with their community through the public transport network.
In more recent times, and as Public Transport Victoria has worked to transform the public transport network into one that is more accessible than ever before, Traveller’s Aid has continued to play a vital role in introducing and guiding people with disability towards public transport.
For more information about the services Traveller's Aid provide, see Traveller's Aid.