Hazel Wilson OAM, with six other women from Crossroads Community Care Centre at Gymea, and the then Member for Hughes, Leslie Johnson AM, formed the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society at a public meeting held in the Miranda School of Arts, in February 1963.
Due to the efforts of Hazel and her willing supporters the principal aim of the Society, the building of a hostel to enable Aboriginal children to attend high school in the metropolitan Sydney was accomplished within four years.
The first stage of Kirinari Hostel was opened on National Aborigines Day, July 1967. Extensions followed over the years culminating in the opening of the Bert Groves Wing on 22nd May 1971.
Hazel has consistently maintained an interest in Aboriginal affairs ever since. Many of the advances and opportunities available to Aboriginal people today are due to her worthy efforts as a public servant, specifically in her role alongside NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Sutherland Shire Councillor.