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18 - Nedlands REGIS Aged Care Apartments

Nedlands Aged Care Apartments

Timeline - History

2010 - 2021


February 22: Internal demolition begins in Wyvern.

May: Demolition of the entire Wyvern apartment complex is complete.


October 24: A fire is lit in the fifth floor unit of the main block in Wyvern at about 10.40pm. The fire was said to have initially been suspicious but is not being investigated because the building is scheduled for demolition.


March 31: An article in Post Newspapers reveal how the "Nedlands council did not approve plans for the nursing home because it was too large and not in keeping with the area, but it passed by the development assessment panel."

November 10: An article in Post Newspapers discusses Regis Aged Care's proposed 327-unit retirement village which could cause traffic problems in Nedlands.


June 23: The Post Newspaper publish an article covering the application REGIS has made to the State Administrative Tribunal to terminate the residence contracts of two Regis Hollywood Village residents. REGIS have made this application to terminate on the basis that "the continuation of the contracts will cause undue hardship," as a result of the required maintenance on the ageing six storey building if the two remainining residents continue to refuse the offer of relocating to Centennial Close.

(date?) Regis Aged Care lodge an application with the Supreme Court to "remove a caveat from the title that preserves the site as a retirement village and gives residents power of veto over redevelopment". The caveat encompasses the whole Hollywood site including the vacant land.

June 20: The solicitor acting for the residents, requests Judge Parry to refer the State Administrative Tribunal application to the Supreme Court but this is opposed on the basis that the subject matter of the Tribunal case and the Supreme Court case are different. REGIS state their concerns that moving the Tribunal case to the Supreme Court would not only serve to delay the finalisation of the Tribunal case but also increase the costs for all parties involved.

(date?) Regis successfully seek permission (from who?) to subdivide the vacant site on the corner of Karella Street & Smyth Road from the rest of the Hollywood site.


July: Despite an attempt to move the remaining Wyvern residents to Centennial Close, a few residents appear unwilling to do so. REGIS state in a letter addressed to these last residents, that: "a multi-level building from that era provides a standard of accomodation that is, in our view, no longer appropriate for retirement village living".

July: Plans are released for the building of a new community centre and pool with these works due to commence as soon as the final building permit is issued by the City of Nedlands.

November 01: REGIS decide to cease charging the "Gopher Levy", particularly as a result of being a source of contention in recent debates.

1990 - 2009


February 09: Retirement Village Group (RGV) decide to no longer continue with the proposed redevelopment of the Regis Hollywood Village precinct in Nedlands.


July 2: Regis Group (Regis) and, Macquarie Capital Alliance Group, parent entity of Retirement Care Australia (RCA) merge. The merged group is known as Regis. The expanded portfolio now comprises of 37 sites with: 10 in Queensland, 6 in New South Wales, 14 in Victoria, 2 in South Australia and 5 in Western Australia. This makes them the second largest private aged care operator in Australia with over 3,600 beds.


The Regis Group buy Hollywood Village from The Salvation Army.


The Salvation Army introduces the "Gopher Levy" due to "ongoing issues with damage to property was was rarely reported by those that caused it". This ensured that residents who did not use a gopher, were not unfairly penalised by the cost of repairing the damage.


Three of the Hollywood Childrens Home cottages are demolished. The fourth cottage, known as Withnell, is the only building to remain from the Nedlands Boys Home.

The Warrina Dementia Centre is constructed.


Due to the generous donation by a past resident of the Hollywood Childrens Village, it was moved to a new 2.6 hectare property in Lansdale and went through a transition period with the introduction of the Crossroads West Programme.



The new upper floor of the Village Hospital and the Centennial Close flats were officially opened.

Late 1970's

Buildings with amenities for Eventide and Elloura were opened for passive and active recreation.


June 09: Elloura (an Aboriginal name for 'a resting place') is officially opened, aged acommodation for the frail.


January: The Childrens Village was placed under the care of the Senior Citizens Village Superintendent.

April 10: The Salvation Army's War Cry magazine reports the official opening of a swimming pool at the children's village section. The pool had been donated by consulting engineers Wood and Grieve, who had played a vital part in the Wyvern project.


An hour later, the federal minister for social services, Mr William Wentworth, officially opens a new section of the senior citizens' flats named Wyvern. At the time, Wyvern was the largest project in the history of The Salvation Army costing $1,225,000. This single building consisted of 151 single and 18 double units.



A 'C' class hospital containing 47 beds opens on Monash Avenue.


June 26: Crossleigh officially opens as self-contained units for women over 60 and men over 65. It was designed to provide a well ventilated area with a central courtyard located between the adjoining wings. As a result of the four wings which resembled a Maltese Cross, the building became known as Crossleigh. Despite each unit having its own kitchen, a hot midday meal was made available from the Eventide Mens Home Kitchen at a cost of 45c.


July 03 - The Salvation Army Boys' Home is renamed the Hollywood Children's Village, as they change from a dormitory-style living to cottage accommodation. Four large cottages to accomodate 12 children were constructed and officially opened. They were named: Pied Piper Cottage, Brand Cottage, Buckingham Cottage and Cottesloe Cottage (also known as Withnell Cottage).


A hospital servicing The Eventide Home opens.


May 07: The Eventide Home for men on the north-east corner of the site officially opens and 40 men are transferred from Seaforth.

May 14: The official opening ceremony for the Eventide Home takes place.


The Salvation Army's school amalgamates with the Hollywood Primary School.


Boys aged 6 to 16 years of age are admitted here, including those were made ward of the state as well as private children.


Historical records describe the Salvation Army Boys' Home as being a home for 'probationary boys' which appears to be a term used by the Salvation Army to classify children who are in need of care and protection.


The Salvation Army begins to operate an onsite school, which is the third school in the area after Nedlands Primary School (1913) and Graylands Primary School (1917).


November 01: An article in The Victory reports the Boys' Home as having an influenza epidemic, costing the life of one boy.

October 01: The Salvation Army's magazine, titled The Victory, reports that 69 boys resided at the Boys' Home with the majority being ward of the state.


The Prison Gate Farm relocates to the Stirling Highway property (until its move to Seaforth, Gosnells in 1947) that has since become the Peace Memorial Rose Garden.

The Salvation Army Boys' Home, also known as the Nedlands Boys Home, is established on the old Prison Gate Farm site with the admission of 36 school-age boys who were transferred from the Collie Boys' Home. Not all of the boys were made ward of the state.



The (Karrakatta) Prison Gate Farm opens on the site, accomodation for men discharged from prison.


The Salvation Army acquires the land that is bordered by Smyth Road, Monash Avenue, Karella Street and William Road.


Find & Connect

   Hollywood Children's Village Image

Find & Connect

   Salvation Army Boys' Home (1918 - 1965)


inHerit State Heritage WA

   Salvation Army Hollywood Village

Palassis Architects - City of Nedlands Muncipal Inventory 2014

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