Goodwin celebrates 70 years of providing best services to seniors and the community

Goodwin Aged Care Services, Since 1954

This month, Goodwin Aged Care Services celebrates 70 years of delivering care to the seniors of the Australian Capital Territory and more recently the NSW South Coast. The milestone has been honoured with a beautiful book that shares the remarkable journey and vision to reimagine seniors’ living.

Goodwin’s story began in 1954 when there was a dire need for seniors housing in Canberra.

The National Council of Women, alongside community leaders, formed the Goodwin Centre Development Association, named after Lieutenant Colonel JT Goodwin – a significant figure in the development of Canberra.

Their goal was to empower seniors by providing housing with nearby support. They launched a fundraising campaign, and the community responded with donations, competitions, and events.

The Autumn Fair of 1958 raised over £2000 – around $80,000 in today’s money, which the federal government matched with £2 for every £1 raised.

In 1959, six specially designed units were built, and the first residents moved into Goodwin Village Ainslie. The significant event was opened by Her Excellency Lady Slim, wife of the then Governor-General.

‘Here is evidence that the citizens of Canberra have thought of the older people and are showing in a most understanding way, that they are grateful to them.’

Her Excellency Lady Slim

Today, the organisation remains independent and not-for-profit, expanding to provide extensive services and numerous residences for seniors in both the ACT and NSW South Coast.


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