More than 60 years

Glenray has been innovating people living with a disability for over 60 years!



First Glenray School Founded

The Dowling Family along with Mrs Glen Fogarty had a desire to see a school set up catering for the special needs of people with a disability. A committee was set up and over three months, a building was made habitable behind the Uniting Church in William St, Bathurst. The name Glenray was derived from Mrs Fogarty’s Christian name, and from the “ray of hope that was kept shining for a school for the children”.

Glenray Ladies Auxiliary Formed

The Glenray Ladies Auxiliary was formed, which began fundraising for the school, through cake stalls, fetes and an Opportunity shop, on George St.

Glenray Moves to Browning St.

The school moved to a new building, in Browning St, Bathurst (the current site of Carenne School).

Bathurst Regional Workshop Opens

The Bathurst Regional Workshop was opened in William St, to cater for employment of people with disability. The organisation merged with Glenray and moved to Browning Street two years later, starting what is now known as Glenray Industrial Services, an Australian Disability Enterprise, which offers vocational training and development for the individuals employed in the factory. Glenray Industrial Services now incorporates Bathurst Beds, Timber products, Document destruction, Work Crews, and Packaging and Labelling services.

Wash Shop Opens

Glenray Wash shop opens in Browning street with basic equipment for laundering, providing another opportunity for people living with disability to gain employment.

Glenray Park Opens in Yetholme

Glenray Park, in Yetholme, was opened. The Hostel catered for 19 adults with disability and is a beautiful federation home set in 10.5 Hectares of garden.

Carenne School Sold

Carenne School was sold to the Department of Education.

Glenray House Opened

Glenray House was opened in Russell St Bathurst, a facility which catered for children with a disability. In its day the house was seen as the ultimate residential setting for people living with a disability. It was considered an ultra modern facility with high standards.

Wash shop moves

The Wash Shop moves to new premises in Rankin st as it has outgrown its current location.

St Michael’s Opened

The St Michael’s site in Kelso was purchased from the Anglican church by Glenray and transformed into a hostel for up to 20 Adults with a disability. St Michaels now Glenray Village, remains used for the purpose for which it was acquired to the present time.

Glenray Incorporated

Glenray is incorporated into a company, with a Board Appointed.

Glenray Park & House Close

Glenray Park, and Glenray House were closed with the government policy changed to “Community Group Homes”.

Bathurst Council Work Crew

Glenray had a work crew appointed to a Bathurst City Council maintenance contract, maintaining facilities around Bathurst. Glenray still holds this contract today.

Glenray Laundry Moves

The Glenray Laundry moved to 208 Browning Street, with new and updated premises, transforming from the “wash” shop to Bathurst Laundry. Today the Glenray Laundry is a thriving Commercial Enterprise servicing customers across Regional NSW including Dubbo, Orange, Forbes, Mudgee and Lithgow.

St Michael’s Expanded

Glenray began the transformation of the St Michael’s site into group homes, now housing over 35 residents in 7 separate homes.

Lifestyle & Learning Centre Renovated

Glenray renovates and opens the doors of the Lifestyle and Learning centre at 168 Browning St, Bathurst providing learning and social opportunities for up to 70 adults with disability.

Approved as NDIS Provider

Glenray is registered as an approved NDIS Provider.

St Michael’s renamed Glenray Village

St Michael’s was renamed “Glenray Village”.

Glenray Fire

Glenray Head Office and Laundry & Dry Cleaning Building burns to the ground.

New Glenray Laundry Opens

Glenray Laundry reopens on the Browning street site after the fire. The completely new building and facilities provide employment for 53 supported employees.