In Conversation with Bolton Clarke

In Conversation with Bolton Clarke
Bolton Clarke is a family of fascinating people made up of residents, clients, volunteers, our team and our friends. It’s our privilege to be able to capture and share the stories of some of the people who make up our big Bolton Clarke world. From Cairns to Perth and all across Australia, every story is an interesting examination of our rich and diverse history.

Creating connections - why intergenerational play is important
Dec 9, 2019 • 7 min
Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Dr Xanthe Golenko speaks on why intergenerational play is important and how to build lasting intergenerational connections.
Apr 18, 2019 • 5 min
A heavy artillery gunner in WWII, Cynthia had some interesting experiences. She was offered a clerical role in the army but given she had worked as a secretary before the war, something more dramatic interested her. With a military service history in her…
Mary. Hervey Bay, Qld.
Apr 15, 2019 • 6 min
Pearl Harbour. 1941 Mary was on a day off and watched as the attack on Pearl Harbour unfolded. She now lives in our Baycrest community in Hervey Bay and shared her ANZAC Day memories with us.
Bert. Beenleigh, Qld
Apr 11, 2019 • 12 min
A WWII Veteran, Bert was with the RAAF for the bombing of Darwin and actions that followed in 1942. At just 18 years old, he was part fo a flight crew dropping bombs over SE Asia. Bert recounts life in Murwillumbah growing up on a farm, and what going to…
Betty & Jean
Apr 10, 2019 • 9 min
Betty & Jean met as young women, whose friendship started when they joined the army as young women. They lost contact for more than 50 years, and recently discovered one another at a Bolton Clarke event they both attended. They share the story of this…
Stella. Caloundra, Qld.
Apr 9, 2019 • 7 min
Stella turned 100 in July 2018. In this very moving conversation, she recounts her time serving as a nurse in WWII. Through Cairo, Palestine, Borneo and elsewhere, Stella shares the harrowing memories of that time.
An ANZAC Day poem from Coral. Hervey Bay, Qld.
Apr 8, 2019 • 1 min
Coral is a prolific poet and lives in our Baycrest community in Hervey Bay. This poem is her ode to ANZAC Day
Henry. Waterford, Qld.
Apr 7, 2019 • 9 min
Henry grew up in the Riverina in NSW, outside of Griffith. When Henry was a teenager, his father left for the war and went to fight the Japanese in Singapore. Henry and his 7 siblings didn’t hear from him again. Henry was called up some years later and…
Alan. Banora Point, NSW
Apr 5, 2019 • 5 min
One of the founders of the Ferguson Plarre pastry empire, Alan is now 100 and lives in the Bolton Clarke community at Banora Point on the Gold Coast. As a young boy growing up in Melbourne, Alan learned pastry from his father who was part of the group who…
Vernon. Hervey Bay, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 10 min
Vernon is a world renowned Codepod expert and has been studying these tiny marine creatures for decades. At 93, he is working on his book for the Smithsonian in Washington, is still incredibly adept at woodworking and shares his love of science with us,…
George, Ipswich,Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 2 min
George is a volunteer at our Milford Grange community At 89 George is still very active ad is integral to the community at Milford Grange. A former army man, George has a love of woodwork and creates amazing items, as well as generously giving of his time…
Ray. Caloundra, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
Ray Halliday served almost 35 years in the Queensland Police Force. With his wife, he shared some insights and thoughts into policing in the 1950’s, and how the force appears to him, today. From regional NSW, Ray shares some stories of his early days.
Les. Bli Bli, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 5 min
Les is 101 and quite a character. He has lived a fascinating life. From working on a dairy farm for keep and not much more, to owning his own fish business, driving cranes, losing a brother in WWII and so much more, his 101 years have been very full. He…
Jean. Alexandra Headland, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
At 102, Jean is as energetic as she was a country girl. Heavily involved in sport and the CWA as a young woman, Jean grew up on the Darling Downs n Queensland. Both husbands were service men and Jean talk about the change in young men from her time to day.
Dot. Ipswich, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 2 min
Dot is a Bolton Clarke volunteer. She has always been a volunteer and after the passing of her husband, she was encouraged to join the Milford Grange family in Ipswich. Dot loves how much volunteering fulfills her and what it brings to her life.
Ken and Gary travel to Alaska
Apr 4, 2019 • 4 min
Ken dreamed of travelling to Alaska, but he couldn’t do it alone. He asked Gary, a Bolton Clarke Personal Care Worker to join him on the journey. Hear about the fun, the scenery and the experience these two world travelers shared. **Sadly Ken passed away…
Bob. Hervey Bay, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 6 min
A keen poet and writer and rock hobbyist, Bob lives in Hervey Bay. He plays a harmonica, and music was instilled in to him in his younger days. His father was a musician and as Bob was in an oprhange, his dad would visit and bring him comics and music…
Doris. Melbourne, Vic.
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
Doris recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She grew up in Melbourne’s inner west and has lived nearby ever since. She suggests she could have been a bit more disciplined through the Depression. A keen seamstress , she became a missionary and achieve…
Aileen and Helen. Caboolture, Qld
Apr 4, 2019 • 6 min
Aileen and Helen live in Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill Community. Aileen is from Leeds and Helen was raised in regional Australia. They share their journeys and how life has brought them to the same community and what life is like at Fernhill.
Rusty. Thornlands, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
Russell, or Rusty as he prefers to be known, is a mad Broncos fan and recently celebrated 100 years. At the end of WWII, he was in Greece and he has fond memories of his time in the war. Life has been great for Rusty and he considers himself fortunate to…
Gladys. Cairns, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
Gladys grew up in Charters Towers over 100 years ago. She cites the simplicity of life as her secret to old age. Gladys served for two years in WWII. Gladys thinks we have become a bit impatient and dont value anything anymore.
Eunice. Melbourne, Vic.
Apr 4, 2019 • 2 min
Eunice, or Helen as she prefers, is 100 and lives in Melbourne. She grew up in Melbourne’s industrial inner west, well before its gentrification. She loves to listen to people singing, and cites Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli as her favourites. Eunice…
Buster. Our Canine Volunteer
Apr 4, 2019 • 1 min
Buster spends all of his days bringing smiles to the faces of residents, visitors and staff at our Milford Grange Community. A beautiful fellow who adopted our Residential Manager in Longreach, he is now very much a part of the family.
Stella. Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 2 min
Stella is 100, is a keen gardener and always wanted to be a nurse. Stella served in WWII and shares the story of her experiences growing up, going to war and fulfilling that desire to be a nurse.
Artie. Caboolture, Qld
Apr 4, 2019 • 7 min
Artie is 100 and apart from travelling to Darwin and Indonesia during WWII, he has spent all of his 100 years in Caboolture and surrounds. His Dad broke a horse for him to ride to school and then broke the horse to draw a sulky when his siblings had to…
Fred. Perth WA
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
A noted cruciverbalist and a Korean War veteran, Fred lived through the Depression and World War II. With his beautiful blonde, who he married in 1951. He has survived three cancers and three heart attacks, but he muses “they say its hard to keep a good…
Arthur. Adelaide SA
Apr 4, 2019 • 2 min
Arthur will be 101 in 2019. He lives at home in South Australia. Arthur loved sport, he was a keen boxer and cyclist and admits to straightening a few noses in his time. He passed on his love of cycling to his son Charlie who was head coach of the…
Annette. Ipswich, Qld.
Apr 4, 2019 • 3 min
Annette has MS and travelling seemed like it wasnt possible, until a dream to travel back to Yamba was made possible by one of our support workers. Annette talks about life at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange Community and her trip of a lifetime.