Mandurah’s Wearne House celebrates 50th anniversary as residence for elderly

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

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

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, the home was given to the Anglican Church but it was not until 1964 that the church was in a position to consider 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.

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