150 Years of Stories
Many people and events have made up OCAV's 150 years. We would like you to meet some of the people and find out about the events that helped shape the organisation.
July 15, 2019
The weather in July 1869, as now, was rainy and cold but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of old colonists’ Judge Pohlman, George Coppin and J B Were who travelled from Queen Street to North Fitzroy to lay the foundation stones of the first two cottages in what was then known as the Old Colonists’ Almshouses.Read More
Graham Papworth first heard from his regular taxi driver, Tony, that a unit might be free at Leith Park. He didn’t ask how his taxi driver knew, but he believed him. Graham and his wife, Georgina, followed up the lead and last year moved into Unit 60 at Leith Park in the area known as The Glen.Read More
Creating garden sanctuaries at Braeside Park has become a passion for Kristy Smyth. She helps some residents look after their existing gardens and also creates new, lovely garden spaces for residents who can no longer dig and plant, but who still love to see flowers blooms and smell the roses.Read More
Keith White, who had heart surgery two years ago, reckons he’s better now than he has ever been. He puts his state of health and well-being down to the life he has found at Currie Park, OCAV’s village in Euroa.Read More
Capturing the essence of artist Lou Anderson would confound any portrait artist. Should it reveal the teacher, the renowned ceramicist, the resilient parent or the 1980s hipster who helped establish galleries and artistic communities in Victoria?Read More
June 27, 2019
Since the foundation of the Old Colonists, residents have enjoyed a mix of independence and care. Free to live their own lives and come and go as they wished, while knowing that if they needed care or nursing, the nurse or carer would be aware and care would be unobtrusively available.Read More
Behind every successful Association are rules and regulations. The Old Colonists’ was no exception – with a total of 23 rules laid out in its first annual report.Read More
June 25, 2019
Daniel Harvey Patterson’s will, which dedicated money to build nine cottages in Rushall Park in 1993, is the most substantial donation to elderly Victorians that the Association has enjoyed. Together with the donation by John Hunter Patterson, his brother, to build two cottages in 1925, the Patterson Brothers’ philanthropy was both quiet and important.Read More
Built in 1880, the Clarke Cottage was endowed by Ernest Clarke in memory of his parents, William and Elizabeth.Read More
Little is known about Henry Liscombe. He was born in New South Wales, he was either a manager or insurance manager, and he neither married nor had children.Read More
Dorothy Clayton has felt very much ‘at home’ since she moved into Braeside Park nine years ago. Now, Dorothy, the village’s volunteer pastoral care worker, tries to ensure that others also feel a sense of belonging in the Berwick village.