A book on the history of Southern Cross Care (Tas.) Inc. was published in August 2006 covering the periods of 1969 to 2006, below is an extract from the book "Caring Across Tasmania":

The Beginnings of Southern Cross Homes at Launceston

In 1969 the Knights of the Southern Cross at Launceston recognised the need for accommodation for the elderly members of the community.

The original philosophy was to establish villa units in the suburbs in order that the elderly could be as active as possible within their local community.

In 1972 a pilot project was established at 17 Hillside Crescent, with the construction of eight self-contained home units. These were opened in 1972 by the Federal Minister for Social Services, Hon William Wentworth.

In 1985 four additional units were completed, but it wasn't long before the need for integrated care was identified.

Glenara Lakes has satisfied this requirement, and has been extremely successful in bringing the complete care program together into one location.

Dr Dane Sutton (11th January 2006)
(The Author)

The Beginnings of Southern Cross Homes at Hobart

The work of Southern Cross Care in Tasmania has now spanned almost 40 years. In 1968 a decision was made by the Knights of the Southern Cross to incorporate Southern Cross Homes as a National charitable objective, to provide accommodation and care for the elderly. Included among the early National Leaders were the late Bernie Prindiville of Western Australia and Peter Taylor of South Australia. To more properly identify the role of the Association the name has been recently changed to Southern Cross Care.

In 1976 the Guilford Young Grove Senior Citizens Village, comprising a complex of 36 independent villas, 23 hostel rooms and 18 nursing beds, costing $1 million was opened at Mount St Canice in Sandy Bay. Later extensions to the complex have increased the number of hostel units to 30 and the nursing wing to 28 beds. In November 1994, Southern Cross Homes accepted a transfer from the State Government of 129 nursing home bed licences and associated buildings at the former St John's Park Nursing Home at New Town. As a condition of the transfer Southern Cross Homes undertook to upgrade the five garden units in the complex at an estimated cost at that time of more than $3.5 million. That work has now been completed.

An invitation was extended by the Commonwealth Government in late 1997 to accept a transfer of residents and nursing bed licences previously held by a large private nursing home in Hobart, the majority of residents and staff were re-located to the New Town site and the area re-titled Rosary Gardens. The same year, 1997, Southern Cross Homes accepted the transfer from the Society of St Vincent de Paul of the responsibility for the operation of the A.A. Lord Homes complexes at West Hobart and Taroona. A recent refurbishment has been completed at West Hobart.

The most ambitious development in Hobart has been Sandown Village at Sandy Bay. After failing to obtain approval for the construction of a new hostel at Mount St Canice adjacent to the Guilford Young Grove Complex, the Association pursued efforts to provide such an amenity in the Sandy Bay area. The Hobart City Council recognized a very strong demand from elderly citizens seeking to retire in familiar surroundings and invited Southern Cross Homes to submit a development proposal for a retirement village on the Council's former garden nursery site at Wayne Avenue. The proposal was approved by Council and the land agreed to be sold at valuation. The first stage consisting of 34 units for independent living were completed and occupied in late 1997. A second stage incorporating a 60 bed life style apartment building with associated amenities including a heated pool, exercise and other recreational facilities were completed in 1998 at a cost of $14 million. The complex continues to rate as one of the most sought after retirement living areas and attracts a waiting time of approximately 5 years. Sandown Village also provides the catering facilities for other Southern Cross Care complexes in Southern Tasmania

Mr K. Lowrie, OBE, OAM
Past Chairman of Southern Cross Homes and Southern Cross Care (Tas.) Inc. from 1972 to 1998.