Home for elderly marks its 50th year

Pinjarra Murray Times - - STREET WATCH -

THE 50th an­niver­sary of Man­durah’s Wearne House for the elderly was cel­e­brated with a ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing and morn­ing tea for res­i­dents last week.

The site on which the his­toric Les­lie Street prop­erty is lo­cated was bought by Charles F. Wearne in the 1920s.

Com­pleted in 1927, the home stood in bush­land and its only neigh­bours were a few fish­er­men’s cot­tages at the wa­ter’s edge.

It was orig­i­nally pow­ered by a gen­er­a­tor that had to be turned off by 10pm be­cause of noise and in­con­ve­nience to the sur­round­ing neigh­bours.

Mr Wearne spent six months of the year in Man­durah and six months in Sin­ga­pore, where the Wearne Broth­ers busi­ness was a huge con­cern. But as he was away much of the time, the home was lent to fam­ily mem­bers for hol­i­days.

In 1957 it was given to the Angli­can Church but it was not un­til 1964 that the church con­sid­ered de­vel­op­ing the site into a cen­tre for aged care, even­tu­ally open­ing in 1968 with ac­com­mo­da­tion for 56 peo­ple.

Charles’ brother Theodore died in 1969 af­ter set­ting up the Theodore and Is­abelle Wearne Char­i­ta­ble Trust to aid the or­phaned and aged, mak­ing the name Wearne a by-word among Man­durah’s older res­i­dents.

Wearne House is to­day the home of Amana Liv­ing.

Wearne House ser­vice man­ager Sharon Mait­land, res­i­den­tial care gen­eral man­ager Zenith Zee­man and Amana Liv­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephanie Buckland with the an­niver­sary cake.

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