Gellibrand saw the need for more disability services in Western Melbourne; a service in which its philosophy is to advocate for people with a disability to have the right to wellbeing, identity and opportunities.

It all began in the late 1970's, where two house respite centres named 'Urimbirra', was built in Williamstown. Shortly afterwards, 'Crana', a supported accommodation unit, opened in Altona to support adults with cerebral palsy.



In 1999, Urimbirra and Crana combined to form Gellibrand Residential Service.

The name was created in recognition of the close ties that the organization held with Melbourne’s western region and was influenced by the state’s electorate seat of Gellibrand, in which both ‘Urimbirra’ and ‘Crana’ are situated.




In 2008, the name Gellibrand Support Services was adopted to reflect the growth of services in other areas of disability support.

Gellibrand’s administrative office was originally situated in Williamstown, behind the current Williamstown residential units.

As the organisation grew and the administrative operations expanded, Gellibrand moved to the current and larger office in Sunshine.

The former Williamstown office is now known as the ‘Jenny Burbidge Centre’ or the JBC. The centre is regularly used by clients for recreational activities and social functions.


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