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Merrimac Park June Newsletter

The month of May was filled with various activities for the Gold Coast aged care residents such as shopping, music therapy and birthday celebrations.


Merrimac enjoyed a morning with Paulini jewellery.

The residents had a lovely morning tea in the sun, and then looked around for a shiny new accessory.

Birthday Celebrations

Vonnie enjoyed a morning birthday celebration upstairs while The Lone Wolf serenaded her. She had a lovely morning, and everyone enjoyed her birthday cake for morning tea.

Alma Celebrated her 101 Birthday at happy hour with family. Just Jeff came and did a fabulous performance for the wonderful occasion.

Music Therapy

Merrimac let out their musical skills with Gareth Jones when sound synergise came to raffles for the morning. Our residents enjoy this activity, and all join in for fun.

No better way to start the day with a whole lot a noise.


This month Ritz decorated strawberries and cream butterfly cupcakes, enjoyed crafts in the sunshine and the facility enjoyed happy hour for all our mothers and mother figures for Mother’s Day.


Raffles enjoyed Mother’s Day celebrations with Irma Courtney. Our residents enjoyed the sunshine with lunch dates, relaxation and working outside in the gardens.

Meet our People

Meet Rhonda Wallace (formerly Giles), who was born in 1931 in Paddington, Brisbane, to Alfred Giles and Doris Giles. Alfred was a carpenter who made baby furniture for retail shops while Doris was a stay at home mum.

When Rhonda was young, she was very involved with her father’s hobby in breeding cocker spaniels and entering them into competitions. She believes this where her love of dogs started.

Rhonda keeps a picture of her favourite dog Scotty in her bedroom, and she often speaks about him.

After high school, Rhonda went to a private commercial college where she learnt typing and shorthand. Her first job was at Nobels, followed by a secretarial position at a solicitors office and then working as a bookkeeper and typist in a large furniture store called Tintons. Rhonda then decided to study so she could apply for a job in the Commonwealth Dept of the Army, where she stayed until she married.

Both Rhonda’s parents passed away at young ages; her father at 45 and her mother at 51. Rhonda met Stanley Wallace at a Coolangatta dance on an ANZAC weekend. They married in Annerley, Brisbane in a beautiful Church of England Church. They had one daughter Jenny, who in turn had one son Sam.

Rhonda says her best achievement was having and bringing up her daughter. She has travelled to America, and travelled by boat on the Rhine from England to Italy, which she truly enjoyed. Rhonda has also travelled to Darwin, Melbourne and Victoria in Australia.

She enjoys going out on bus trips, attending concerts and all the arts and craft activities.

Rhonda is a bright, bubbly lady who always has nice things to say about people, she’s appreciative and is the first to give compliments.

This Month’s Activities



Mark Dean

Happy Hour concert

Trevor Rix



Making pizza

Irma Courtney

Happy Hour concert

The Lone Wolf

Happy Hour concert


2nd Barbara
7th Nell
14th Peter
14th Angela
24th Don
24th Olympia