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Keep in touch with what is happening in The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria community. Each edition we feature profiles of the people who make up our villages and discuss village developments, and broader issues that affect ageing Victorians. Click the 'Subscribe' button above.

Rhys Corr will be done up as a scarecrow at the Rushall Park 150th anniversary garden party on Sunday 27 October to add some fun, nostalgia and colour to the day. But he will also have something serious to tell people who come to look at the village’s beautiful gardens.

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An afternoon of good old fashioned fun is being planned for Braeside Park’s celebrations to mark the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria’s 150th celebrations on Saturday 12 October. Music, history, dance and afternoon tea with scones are all in the mix for what should make for a celebration to remember by all, according to Mary Tasker, Residents’ Committee Coordinator.

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It was a trip back in history for 70 residents, volunteers and staff who were treated to afternoon tea at Government House. The occasion, hosted by OCAV Patron Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC, marked the start of the organisation’s 150th celebrations, a year which the Governor described as a ‘hallmark’ and ‘something to be celebrated.’

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Welcome to our 150th anniversary, and what a marvellous year we are about to have from birthday parties for our residents, to celebratory festival days and a garden party in our villages, through to a host of smaller functions all aimed at raising awareness about our history and track record of providing housing and support to older Victorians.

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Diversional therapist Adrian Onofrio ‘fell into’ his work in aged care. And he couldn’t be happier that a series of events and some lucky timing led him to Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility.

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Jane Glynn, receptionist at Liscombe House, has had her dream come true: winning a competition that has seen the creation of a stunning communal garden for residents at Leith Park.

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Access to safe, affordable housing is a human right for everyone but for people experiencing mental health, housing is crucial for the prevention of and recovery of mental ill-health.

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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.

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Old Colonists’Association of Victoria has welcomed the new Aged Care Quality Standards which came into effect from 1 July.

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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.

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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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