Our History

In the early 1980's Sister Lois Thomas (Maternal and Child Health Nurse) encouraged mothers of the centre to seek from Council the upgrading of an empty room behind the Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCHC) from which to provide a range of family services. Thus Bowen Street was created out of the determination and fundraising efforts of local families.

Soon demand exceeded space, so the committee of young mothers researched their needs, lobbied Council and ultimately, after four years of hard work, moved into the existing purpose built facility by Christmas 1991. Further upgrading and renovation of facilities have taken place over the last twenty years and continue to occur to ensure we are providing an accessible and relevant Community Centre.


  • Latest News & Events

    The 2018 Course Guide is now up!

    Find a variety of courses and programs on the Bowen Street Course Guide in our download section, here.
    Register your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our centre on 9889 0791.

    You can also find the Boorondara Neighbourhood Houses Short Course guide here.

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  • Childcare: Application for Enrolment

    To secure a spot for childcare at Bowen Street in 2018, please download and complete the 2018 Childcare Application Form now!

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  • Virtual Tour

    Click the button below to take the Google virtual tour of the facilities at Bowen Street

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  • Bowen Street is now a Child Safe organisation

    Bowen Street is now a Child Safe organisation. For more information, click below.

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