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OCAV is well placed to comment in issues relating to ageing and care for ageing Victorians, having provided these services for almost 150 years.

Down with women

June 20, 2019

While women were becoming more evident in the committee rooms of charities in Melbourne, a bank of opposition was welling up among the old colonists.

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The $8 million SEK Hulme Community Centre and 26 independent and assisted living apartments were opened at Rushall Park in 2013. The community centre quickly became the hub of the village, and was named after one of OCAV’s longest serving councillors and vice presidents.

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Veteran walker George Knott was a frequent sight around Rushall Park village where he and his wife Judy lived. An Olympian, the then 89-year-old trudged the avenues at all hours as part of his preparations to carry the Olympic Torch at Sassafras on its way to Sydney in 2000.

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It was slow going compared with the rest of Melbourne but in 1909, cottages in Rushall Park were finally connected to the sewerage scheme. The Council had no choice. Connection had become compulsory.

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There has never been a formal hospital at Rushall Park, however, there has always been respite care in the village - until recently.

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At the age of 82, Rushall Park resident Alexander McNaughton takes the wheel of a motor-car for the first time with his new bride in 1929.

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Eight years after Fitzroy Council recommended that Rushall Park be considered for inclusion on Victoria’s Historic Buildings Register, in 1986 the HBC decides to act.

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OCAV launches a half a million dollar appeal in 1986 to build a nursing home and emergency accommodation at its Rushall Park village.

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Residents in Rushall Park were among the many living in Melbourne who were hit by the fuel crisis during World War II.

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Decent homes for older people should be a high priority on the State Government housing program urged the Get a Move On campaign, singling out Rushall Park as providing exemplary housing.

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Pete Zawacki drove to Leith Park twice a week to visit his mother, Helen, until her death a year ago. After she died he wanted to honour her memory and ‘repay’ the kindness staff showed her by volunteering.

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