The history of Crawford Lodge

Posted 3 Mar 2021.

Crawford Lodge

On 28 February 2020, Cancer Council WA celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of Crawford Lodge.

Located in Nedlands, right near Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Crawford Lodge was purpose built to provide accommodation and vital support services to country cancer patients while they undergo treatment in Perth.

The Lodge was officially opened on 29 February 2000 by then Premier, His Excellency the Honourable Richard Court AC.

Crawford Lodge is a testament to the potential of philanthropy to make an enduring difference on the lives of others.

A large capital campaign in the late 1990s raised $5 million to build the Lodge and to help ease some of the extra burdens faced by country patients after a diagnosis. Many generous donors gave gifts to the campaign to ensure this vision was realised and a ‘home-away-from-home' existed.

One driving force behind the success of the campaign, was support from the A.H. Crawford Cancer Treatment Society.

The A.H. Crawford Cancer Treatment Society was established in 1977 by husband and wife, Algernon and Doreen Crawford, to channel proceeds of Algernon's estate to help those affected by cancer. The object of the society was to make life easier for cancer patients and their carers, particularly those from the country.

The couple were driven by a desire to ensure no country person missed out on treatment due to prohibitively expensive accommodation in Perth. Their  determination came not only from their mother's passing from cancer, but from seeing two country children die of cancer without being able to afford treatment in the city.

Although Algernon passed away in 1977, the generous gift he left in his Will, and the determination and decades of philanthropic work Doreen went on to achieve before passing in 1999, is still helping cancer patients throughout the state every day.

As well as providing much-needed accommodation close to treatment centres, our Crawford Lodge offers a range of support services designed specifically for country cancer patients such as support from a Cancer Support Coordinator, complementary therapies, Wig Service and transport to treatment.

Our Cancer Information and Support Services Director, Melanie Marsh, said the generosity and unwavering support of the WA community was a significant contributor to the Lodge's longevity.

"It is only thanks to the generosity of the WA community that our Lodges are possible," Ms Marsh said.

"The support has given hope to thousands of regional cancer patients, family members and carers who have stayed at Crawford and Milroy Lodges since they opened, and will continue to do so for the thousands more who will stay with us in the future."

For more information

  • To make a reservation at one of our Lodges, please call 08 9489 7333 for our Crawford Lodge or 08 9382 9333 for our Milroy Lodge.
  • To find out more about our cancer support services and programs, please call one of our Cancer Nurses on our 13 11 20 information and support line.
  • Have you stayed at our Lodges and would like to share your story? Share your experience.
  • The Crawford family's incredible history has been documented by family member John Crawford in a book,The Crawford Legacy - How It Came To Be, which is available for purchase at our Lodges. Continuing in the Crawford family's philanthropic spirit, all proceeds from the sale of the book are donated back to Cancer Council WA.

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