Look back at Lauriston

BACK IN TIME: Former Lauriston workers Helen Mateer, Jill Shapcott, Heather Danaher and Anne Vine are looking forward to the September 4 reunion.
BACK IN TIME: Former Lauriston workers Helen Mateer, Jill Shapcott, Heather Danaher and Anne Vine are looking forward to the September 4 reunion. Inga Williams

THE ladies of Lauriston are hoping to catch up on good times with their second reunion since the closure of the aged care home.

A group of former nurses held their first get-together in September last year - in response to the closure of the centre after 54 years serving the Ipswich community.

About 75 former nurses, pastoral care workers and volunteers attended and the organisers are keen to keep the reunion going as an annual event.

Former nurse Anne Vine said Lauriston held a special place in the hearts of those who worked there.

"From the time of your first interview, you were told that you were to become part of the Lauriston family from there on in," Mrs Vine said.

Heather Danaher, who worked at Lauriston as a registered nurse from 1975 to about 1990, said long-time director Olive McAllister - known to many as The Matron - had a lot to do with the family atmosphere.

"She was a wonderful woman; professional, caring and spiritual," Mrs Danaher said.

"She offered such wonderful service to everyone in Ipswich through the decades she was there."

A plaque remains at the former Lauriston site - at the corner of Robertson Rd and Whitehill Rd, Eastern Heights - to commemorate the opening of the aged care centre in 1959.

The reunion will be held in the Catholic Church Hall on Robertson Rd - just down the hill from the former Lauriston site - from 10am on September 4.

All former staff and volunteers are welcome.

Attendees are asked to bring a plate and a gold coin donation.

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