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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.

Old colonists hit milestone

October 16, 2019

The Old Colonists Association of Victoria has come a long way since it was founded to provide housing and care for fallen pioneers, with the association celebrating its 150th birthday next month.

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The Berwick Star News joined OCAV in inviting locals to the village's 150th anniversary celebrations.

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Three years ago a group of women from OCAV’s Rushall Park village, armed with a needle and thread, embarked on a project to showcase their beautiful cottages. Marrying photography, painting and embroidery the women created stunning embroidery panels, which are now exhibited in the village’s community centre to mark the 150th anniversary of the organisation.

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A Virtual Reality research project involving OCAV’s Currie Park residents in Euroa and La Trobe University in Bundoora has found that the technology can improve well being for older people, particularly those in isolated areas and retirement villages.

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Peter Johnson, the great great-grandson of George Raymond Johnson (1840-1898), knows a lot about the architect who played such a pivotal role in the early development of the Old Colonists’ Association of Australia. Not only are they related, but also Peter inherited George’s love of building and is himself an architect.

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For almost 150 years OCAV has been home to many of Victoria’s most talented artists and musicians. The local talent will exhibit their work at Art on the Verandah as part of Rushall Park village’s 150th celebration Garden Party, which proved to be the hottest ticket in town and has now sold out.

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Lyn and Keith Geer moved into one of Leith Park’s new apartments in September and within a few days of unpacking Keith had discovered the men’s shed.

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Gillian Allen won’t be at her Euroa unit to welcome visitors when it opens for tours as part of Currie Park’s 150th anniversary celebrations on Saturday November 23. But you can see and hear her at the celebrations. She will be the one playing the glockenspiel with the Euroa Citizen’s Band.

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Mona Burke-Kennedy can’t imagine that her story will interest anyone much. She’s wrong. Years down the track when the Braeside Park time capsule is opened people will get a glimpse of the amazing world community that makes up OCAV’s four villages.

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It was a wonderful feeling being able to hand over the keys to new residents Lyn and Keith Geer, the first to move into our just opened multi-million dollar apartments in Leith Park. As you will read in this newsletter, the couple are thrilled to move in and be a part of a community which they have wanted to join for some time.

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“I remember when I walked into the carpet bowls and the people greeted me and made me feel I had been here all my life,” said Bernard Pidd who, with his wife Jean, moved into Rushall Park after losing their home in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

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