An active community life or giving back to society has been a passion for these senior Victorians living in aged care.
It’s hard to believe Anna Svalbe was born in 1919. The 102-year-old has more energy than most people half her age, bubbling with enthusiasm and creativity.
In 1924, Tim was the first baby delivered at the now-heritage-listed Kyneton hospital and has kept his close connection with the country Victorian town ever since.
On a Saturday night, after a hard week’s work on the farm, Mary and her husband John would pack up their young children and drive miles to entertain people at old time dances.
When Charles flew a small plane over the Statue of Liberty during a trip that crisscrossed North America, it was the fulfilment of a long-held dream.
When Garry was in primary school, he read a book that changed his life - Kim by Rudyard Kipling. The book sparked a love of India that has had a profound impact on Garry’s life.
Born in 1930, Priscilla was living with her parents and sister in London when the war began. ‘They were sending children to the country to be safe — to go and live with strangers'.
Michael Caiafa first learned to box at age 12 to protect himself from kids who targeted him for being the only Italian kid in their country Victorian school. On the cusp of 90, he continues to train.
The Vietnam War changed Muriel McIntyre’s life; fanning her strong sense of social justice.
Chaplain Harold Frederick Stevens’s strong work ethic was instilled when he was only a child and had to help his newly widowed mother support the family.
Bev Coutts was on a ship in Queensland when word came through that they were going to be hit by the tail end of a cyclone and it was going to be rough.
Margaret Keck has had a big stack of books on the shelf above her bed for the past six months, but the 88-year-old hasn’t had a chance to look at them.
Reviewed 22 November 2022