Historic Carinity Colthup Manor aged care celebrates 60 years

Carinity Colthup Manor at Ipswich will celebrate 60 years as an aged care home with a community fair on 15 September.

An historic 19th century residence, the original Colthup Manor dwelling was owned by the Colthup family from 1918 to 1958, when it was purchased by the Baptist Church for the purpose of a being a Christian home for the aged.

The aged care home in Thorn Street opened on 13 September 1958, accommodating 11 residents.

It was the first such aged care community in Ipswich to provide for both men and women.

Extensions were added to the aged care precinct in the 1960s and 1970s, with a further nursing home expansion opened in 1984 and a hostel complex opened in 1993.

Carinity Colthup Manor is now home to 65 residents, the oldest being Elsie Payne, who turned 100 in May.

The longest serving staff member at Carinity Colthup Manor is Esther Arulogun, who has cared for hundreds of Ipswich seniors in her role as a Registered Nurse there for 33 years.

Residents and staff celebrated Colthup Manor’s 60th anniversary with a special birthday cake on Wednesday.

Colthup Manor is one of 11 aged care communities across the state which is operated by Carinity, a not-for-profit outreach of Queensland Baptists.

The Carinity Colthup Manor 60th birthday celebrations this Saturday 15 September will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

The event at 39 Thorn Street, Ipswich will feature live entertainment and music, a gallery walk of historical and archival photos, sausage sizzle, small jumble sale and a cent auction.

For more information phone Carinity Colthup Manor on 3813 9100.

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