Older Persons Feature

Pioneering story of Twilight Aged Care

MINISTER for Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM has officially launched an important new book about one of Australia’s oldest continuously operating not-for-profit aged care providers, Twilight Aged Care in Sydney.

The launch was appropriately held in the historic Lady Mayoress’s Rooms at Sydney Town Hall – the same location where the first meeting of a group of very influential women brainstormed the idea of Twilight House – a home to meet a community need to care for elderly women in Sydney’s north – took place.

Around 50 guests attended the breakfast book launch including dignitaries, people closely associated with Twilight’s journey over the decades, history buffs and industry peers.

The book, An Australian Story: Twilight House 1915-2015 was written by accomplished Sydney historian and author Ron Ringer, who was at the event for book signings and to talk about the process of recording this important piece of historical research and to shed light on a story that, up until now has not been adequately told.

The book charts not only the journey of the past 100 years of Twilight Aged Care, but also discusses the state of aged care and social welfare in Australia at the time.

“The Twilight Founders’ unwavering dedication to their cause provided a sense of place, shelter and a feeling of peace and wellbeing for countless thousands of elderly women across northern Sydney communities and their important legacy continues, more than100 years on,” Twilight Aged Care CEO Lesley Jordan said.

An excerpt from the book setting the scene for the meeting that launched Twilight House and discussing the dire need for aged care at the time:

“The appointed day arrived when on Tuesday November 26, 1912 the attendees climbed the steps of the town hall and were shown into the mayoral chambers. As Lady Mayoress, Florence Clarke spoke first, followed by others who reflected on the unhappy circumstances that too often surrounded the declining years of elderly ladies on small incomes. There was no shortage of people coming forward to address the assembled crowd. Miss Rose Scott, a notable activist, said she knew of elderly women who were practically dependent on the old-age pension.”

RON RINGER is a consulting historian and the published author of numerous institutional histories, educational texts and architecture-related books.

He also consults to academic clients and financial service and government organisations on a range of writing and communications projects.

To date, he has published 15 books. Ron has also received endorsements from esteemed historian, Geoffrey Blainey for his past historical non-fiction work.

To purchase a copy of the book go to www.twilight.org.au and click on the News & Insights / History book page for payment details or phone the corporate office on 9414 4400 or email: [email protected]

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