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The Young Australia League Perth
The Young Australia League, known by many as simply the YAL has been helping support and shape the future of young people since it was first established in 1906. For over 110 years the YAL has been connecting young people, mentoring them and creating opportunities for them.
The YAL’s Camp Simons at Araluen in the Perth Hills, YAL sporting groups, bands, dances and excursions, helped to enrich the lives of Perth youths over the decades.
The YAL museum at the YAL office in Murray St, Perth, is a testament to the organisations rich history; displaying relics, mementos and memories gathered throughout our young YAL member’s educational journeys to Europe and America and their many “at home” activities. A theme of remembrance and an indelible link to the wars and those YAL members who made the ultimate sacrifice will be realised through any museum tour.
The YAL is now offering scholarships through a special trust named in honour of its founder, the legendary J.J. Boss Simons. These YAL educational scholarships are aimed at helping break down barriers which could otherwise stop young people from reaching their full potential.
Created in 2014, the first funds of the JJ ‘Boss’ Simons Charitable Endowment Trust Scholarships were distributed to the recipients in 2016. The scholarships are open to students between the ages of 12-25 and range in amounts of $2,000 p/a to $12,500 p/a. Unlike other scholarship programs the scholarship funds can be used for any area that will support the student’s educational needs and goes to ensure that the student isn’t hampered by financial hardship. This could include tuition, uniforms, books, stationary and computer equipment as well as food, travel and accommodation costs or any other cost which help to support the students learning environment.
Applications for the 2018 school year open on 1st August 2017 and close on 15th September 2017.
YAL Cairns is a 3.5 Star AA rated Motel in Cairns, Australia, set on 2 acres of spacious lawns and gardens, including a beach volleyball court, sun sheltered pool, movie theatre, gymnasium and conference facilities. A dining room is available for sporting, school, business group bookings if required. YAL Cairns has recently undergone a full internal refurbishment which offers free Wi-Fi, Netflix (movie theatre only) resort style in ground pool and free on-site parking. The property has a sheltered barbecue area, a guest laundry and a tour booking service. All accommodation units are ground floor, air-conditioned, ceiling fans,32 inch flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee making facilities. All units include a modern, spacious ensuite bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries. We are located just 7 minutes from Cairns Airport and 3 minutes from Cairns Central shopping district.
YAL Cairns is also able to receive group bookings, please email [email protected] for a quote and availability.
The YAL was built on like-minded individuals coming together and ensuring that the organisation continued to grow and offer the young people of Australia opportunities to develop skills and have support.
110 years later we are still encouraging like-minded individuals to join with us. You can do this in a number of ways, join up as a member, apply for a scholarship or help out as a volunteer. The other way to get involved is to become a donor or a sponsor of the scholarship program which will help us support more young people to reach for the stars.
The League’s main purpose was football until 1910 when it changed its name to the Young Australia League and focused on ‘Education by Travel’ with its motto of ‘Love, Service & Tolerance’. The JJ ‘Boss’ Simons Memorial Museum was opened in 2000. It was the brain child of 2nd generation YAL member, Jan McCallum. It took many trips between Camp Simons in Roleystone to the Perth headquarters to move all the photos, artefact and many records down to Perth.
With over 100 years of memorabilia and item gifted to the YAL from all over the world. Some of the items are so unique that they aren’t available to be seen in any other collection.
For example in 1929 when president Hoover was inaugurated the YAL boys were invited to be present. At the end of the ceremony Hoover presented the boys with his inauguration wreath. It now sits proudly in the museum and is the only presidential wreath to have ever left the United States of America.
Throughout the collection there are many photos of the various tours that YAL members went on and more prominent are the personal items and stories of YAL members who through the YAL had the chance to explore the world outside of Perth.
Although the YAL no longer owns the entire YAL building at 45 Murray Street Perth the museum sits in one of the most beautiful rooms. With its stone build fireplace, enormous high ceilings, polish jarrah floor boards and striking jarrah and iron doors it is quite simply the most perfect setting for such a unique collection.
The Museum is open Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 2pm.