Author talk with historian Adair Bunnett OAM

  • From 6:30PM Tue 27 Nov 2018 To 8:00PM Tue 27 Nov 2018
  • Heritage

Join Frank O’Connor, Board Chair of Napier Street Aged Care Services (NSACS), in conversation with local resident and historian, Adair Bunnett OAM, to discuss her recent publication, By the community, for the community: The story of Napier Street Aged Care Services. The book documents this small community-run and initiated nursing home in South Melbourne during its first 25 years.

Napier Street opened in 1993 with 42 beds, of which 26 were concessional. Twenty-five years later it has 62 beds, after another wing was added in 2010. On-going palliative care is offered.

Adair brings to light the vital role of the community – particularly in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne – in revitalising the abandoned, but beautiful, bluestone building. She brings to life the warmth and care that has been NSACS for 25 years. Her narrative includes the complexities and ever-changing regulations of aged care, along with colourful stories of residents, staff and many others.

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Adair Bunnett OAM

Adair’s interest in South Melbourne’s history was triggered by a walking tour that was part of a geography teachers’ conference in the early 1970s. A long-time resident of Albert Park, Adair became progressively more involved in helping preserve the physical fabric of the area and in recounting its history. In 2006, she wrote Take Me Home to South, the history of Claremont, another South Melbourne aged-care facility. Over the past 20 years, she has also been engaged in editing and publishing Buddhist teachings and books. For her services to the community, Adair was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008.

Image:  Frank O'Connor and Adair Bunnett OAM


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