Second reunion for the ladies of Lauriston

TOGETHER AGAIN: Former Lauriston workers Helen Mateer, Jill Shapcott, Heather Danaher and Anne Vine prepare for the reunion. RIGHT: Staff line up for team shot in the early years.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Former Lauriston workers Helen Mateer, Jill Shapcott, Heather Danaher and Anne Vine prepare for the reunion. RIGHT: Staff line up for team shot in the early years. 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.

Lauriston Nursing Home. Photo: Contributed
Lauriston Nursing Home. Photo: Contributed Contributed

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."

A plaque remains at the former Lauriston site 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.

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

Lauriston Nursing Home staff 1996. Photo: Contributed
Lauriston Nursing Home staff 1996. Photo: Contributed Contributed



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