Gwen Moffitt a Throwback Thursday gem

Gwen Moffitt in a photo from the BDN archive.

Gwen Moffitt in a photo from the BDN archive.

THE Bega District News’ weekly Throwback Thursday galleries have captured the attention of many visitors to the BDN website.

However, one photo in particular this week stood out.

An intriguing image of Gwen Moffitt checking out a new style of shower head drew a number of comments, some quirky and several poignant.

Ms Moffitt’s son Phil is the owner of Bega Steel Supplies and he spoke with the BDN about his mother, who died in 2006.

 “That photo would have been used to advertise the new villas at The Oaks – she was one of the first to move in there,” he said.

“Mum spent about 30 years on the committee of the Bega District Nursing Home.

“She was part of the original committee that investigated building Bega’s first nursing home, which was Hillgrove House.

“That was in about 1978 or ’79.

“I think the only other one in the area was Bimbimbie, but Hillgrove was the first that was open to residents from the whole Valley.”

Phil has followed in his mother’s footsteps, taking on a role on the nursing home board.

“Hillgrove House reflects a standard in aged care that very few other aged care facilities can aspire to,” he said.

“My mum was one of those who drove that standard right from the start.

“She did a lot of hard work – she was one of about 15 on the committee and they all worked exceedingly hard.

“If something was on, they’d be there making tea and scones.

“She also spent a lot of years working for the Red Cross and Uniting Church.”


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