Our History

  • Some of the very first residents at Whiddon Easton Park attending to their daily chores in the early 1950s.
  • A day at the fair at Easton Park. Our founding site in Sydney's Macarthur Region was well known for its annual community fetes.
  • Members of our Masonic community volunteering to help establish our founding site, Easton Park, in the 1950s. The Freemasons generously donated time and resources, and were instrumental in establishing our first aged care service.
  • Whiddon was the first recipient of a capital grant from the Commonwealth following the passing of the Aged Persons Homes Act in 1954. Here, the later Sir William McMahon is seen presenting the grant of ten thousand pounds to our organisation.

Whiddon has a long and proud history that began with our philanthropic Masonic founders back in the early 1920s.

We were founded by Freemasons and have been caring for elderly people in regional, rural and remote communities across New South Wales for seventy years.

Over the past 70 years , Whiddon has grown into a large not-for-profit organisation that offers aged and community care across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote New South Wales.

Today we are known as The Whiddon Group and our philosophy remains the same – we believe that ageing should be a rich and rewarding journey for everyone.

Our Journey

Our journey began in 1923, when a small group of Freemasons began visiting elderly masons and their wives in their local communities to provide care and support to those in need.

In 1947, Mrs Ethel Symonds donated 21 acres of land in Glenfield, in Sydney’s Macarthur Region. This land became the founding site of The Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes of NSW and so our journey began.

Our founding site, now known as The Whiddon Group Easton Park, began with a small number of cottages in 1948 and development has continued right up until today, we opened our newest home in 2016!

In the 1970s, we opened aged care homes in Hornsby, Wingham and Kyogle, and in the 1980s and 1990s, we grew even further with new homes in Belmont, Bathurst, Maclean, Grafton, Laurieton, Casino, Redhead, Largs and Narrabri. Throughout this period, we also opened a number of independent retirement living villages, from Temora in the Riverina,  Adamstown and Hamilton in Newcastle, to Yamba in the Far North Coast.

We are immensely proud of our rich and charitable history and our continued work in communities across New South Wales.

 

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