The Sabha (SGNSS) was set up in 1981 to carry on the religious affair of the Sangat in Melbourne. Prior to that and beginning in 1977, families had met in private homes, then Rathdowne Primary School and later Box Hill Primary school as centres for the Sikh Sangat. In 1984, through the efforts of the pioneering families, the Uniting Church in Ferntree Gully was purchased and set up as the first Gurudwara in Melbourne. The move to the current premises at 127 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn, a postal warehouse refurbished and transformed to serve as a Gurudwara was made in late 1993.
Today, Gurudwara Sahib at Blackburn is well placed to meet the needs of an ever-increasing Sangat. An elected committee manages the day-to-day running of the Sabha affairs, supported by a very large team of dedicated volunteers and a resident team of religious workers. The Sangat is able to listen to kirtan from some of the best professional ragis who provide their services for programs both at the Gurudwara and at people’s homes. Regular programs are held on Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings. Additional kirtan programs and weddings are held at other times on Saturdays and Sundays. Special programs are held to celebrate Vaisakhi and Gurpurabs.
Based at the premises, the Khalsa Punjabi School hold classes for teaching the Punjabi language each Sunday. Punjabi is offered at VCE level and classes are held on Wednesday evenings. The first batch of students completed this course last year with excellent results. The Gurbani Kirtan School offers classes for learning Gurbani, kirtan and tabla on Saturdays and Sundays.The upgrading of resources and refurbishment of Sri Guru Hargobind Library is progressing well and the library is very well attended. Through mutual support and service, we can look forward to the growth and development of our community as respected and well-integrated citizens in Australia.