Lyndoch Living resident Brenda shares what country life was like growing up.

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Lyndoch Living resident Brenda was born in 1940 in Camperdown as the middle child of two brothers and two sisters. Brenda loved playing football and cricket at the Nullawarre North Primary School, describing herself as a bit of a ‘tomboy’. However, after grade six, Brenda began helping her family on the farm.

Brenda thoroughly enjoyed being out in the dairy milking the cows. One day she started chatting to Allan, who also worked on the farm. The pair hit it off instantly and began spending time together, although Brenda joked that she made sure to keep him on his toes.

In 1966, the pair decided to marry. Brenda remembers the morning of the wedding as being just like any other day. “I went out to the dairy, milked the cows, and got ready just two hours before the ceremony. But, on the other hand, Allan spent the whole morning getting ready,” she laughingly said. The couple went on to have three children, bringing them up on the farm.

In 1983, Brenda and her family were involved in the Ash Wednesday bushfires. The family were living in Naringal, surrounded by farms and bushland. Brenda remembers looking outside the window and seeing a large cloud of smoke in the distance. Soon after, Allan, who was part of the local fire brigade, was called to help. Brenda had to move the cows from the paddock into the dairy in the hope of protecting them. “But, it spread so quickly and came, as close as our back fence before the wind changed. That’s what saved our family home. The community all came together to rebuild and support each other. It’s just what you did,” she said.

Thanks for sharing Brenda.


“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”

Family of Living@Home clients


“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the Living@Home team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”

Family Member of Living@Home client


“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”

Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)


“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”

Family Members of Living@Home clients


“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”

Michelle (Living@Home client)


“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband.  This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”

Christine (Living@Home client)


“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”

Maurice  (Living@Home client)


“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands.  I could not ask for anyone better”

Joan (Living@Home client)


“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”

Stuart (Swinton East)


“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”

John (Lake Lodge)


“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”

Margaret (Lake Lodge)


“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”

Lynette (Swinton East)