Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat Inc., Ballarat Central
A newspaper article from 'Ballarat News'. Four members of the Old Colonists' Association, Vince Braybrook, Andrew Tweedie, Andrew Robson and Ian Fraser, are photographed in front of the new community centre at the Old Colonists' Association Retirement Village at Charles Anderson Grove.
The Old Colonists' Association provides affordable housing for pensioners, and undertook the biggest building project since the first cottages were built in the 1920s. One of the oldest charities in Ballarat, the Old Colonists' Association initially assisted miners and their families who were in financial difficulty, including assisting with funeral expenses and providing wood and other essential services for their homes.
The cottages in the retirement village are funded by the Association and while rent is charged to the pensioners, it is only a percentage of their pension and is highly subsidized.