With the centenary of Australia’s Aged Persons’ Memorial Day coming to a close, an extraordinary moment in the history of the Aged People’s Memorial in Paekakariiki Memorial Hall has taken place.
It is the moment when the Australian Aged Family Memorial and its surrounding area became a permanent part of the Greenfield Memorial Hall.
The memorial was created in 2006 as part of a $5 million redevelopment of the former National Aaged Care Memorial in West Greenfield.
“It’s a beautiful place, a beautiful building,” said Dr Sarah Jones, an associate professor of community health and development at the University of New South Wales.
Dr Jones, who is a former resident of the building, said it is the first time she has been able to speak to people who have been there for years, and to see their memories.
“I know people that came from the building when they were there, they are a part of my family and I have been to many funerals in that building,” she said.
When the Greenfields Aged Memorial was built in 2006, the original structure was in the process of being demolished and the building’s foundations were being moved.
This was due to the fact the building was being converted into a nursing home.
Then in 2014, a massive amount of asbestos insulation was installed to the site, and the entire structure was demolished.
Despite the asbestos, the building is now structurally sound, and has been listed on the National Heritage Register.
As a result of the asbestos removal, the memorial was placed in the National Trusts Heritage List, and is on permanent display.
In 2018, a memorial was built at the site of the National Hospital of Parramatta, and this year the building became the site for the Australian Academy of Arts and Culture’s annual Aged Matters Conference.
Today, the Green Fields Memorial Hall is a special place, where people come to remember their loved ones, and remember the lives of their Aged Friends and relatives.
What does the AEDM have to do with this?
“We don’t know exactly what the impact of the construction of the memorial is going to be,” Dr Jones said.
“We just know it will be a memorial to those Aged Members of the Australian Armed Forces who served in the war.”
The AEDm is part of what was called the National Family of Aged Citizens, and in some respects the Aedm is also a family of Aedians.”
The National AED Memorial and Greenfields Memorial were both created in the same year of 2006, and it was hoped that the two would become a permanent fixture on the Green Field Memorial, and become a community centre.
After the construction, the National Age Care Memorial, a facility dedicated to Aged people, was moved to the same location, and was subsequently removed.
Aged people are recognised for their contribution to the AICC and the AESC, and are generally recognized for their contributions to Australian society.
During the construction phase of the new AEDF building, it was believed that the AIAB would have to move out of the site to make room for the memorial.
But Dr Jones believes this was not the case.
She said that the building has become part of Paekaks cultural heritage, and therefore is a fitting place for the AADC to host its annual conference.
Ms Jones said that as the new building is currently on the AAGEC’s Heritage List (and was removed for asbestos insulation in 2018), she hopes to have the memorial moved to a new location as well.
“It is an iconic building, and I’m sure it will have an important role in the community. “
In the long run, I hope that it’s worth it,” Dr James said.
“It is an iconic building, and I’m sure it will have an important role in the community.
The AADc is an important organisation, and having this building is something that’s going to go on for generations.”
“The Greenfield and Paekakis AEDC is a vital link in our community and a place that we look forward to going to when we need a break,” she added.
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