National Squalor Conference Presenters

Father Bob Maguire AM RFD

Fr Bob Maguire began parish work in the 1960's. He Joined the Army Reserve In 1965 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During the Vietnam War, he led the Character Training Unit for young officers. He came to Sts Peter and Paul's as Parish Priest in 1973.

Fr Bob co-founded Open Family In 1978 in what was a natural progression of his career in helping others. In what started off as a solo effort outside his role of South Melbourne Parish Priest, Fr Bob found himself working with the homeless of St Kilda. Open Family has since become a national organisation, giving hope and re-connection to children living on the streets. As Open Family's Chairman, he has been an outspoken advocate of the poor and disadvantaged.

Throughout his Life, Fr Bob's goal has been to provide a semblance of basic human relationships to young people who have been rejected by their family, the education system and the welfare system.

For his work with street children, Fr Bob Maguire was awarded with the Order of Australia in 1989.