Welcome to Week 34 of 40 Stories in 40 Weeks

Week 34 of 40 Stories in 40 Weeks is very special.  This week we celebrated tenant Olive Fuller’s 100th birthday with family, friends and special guests Sonya Kilkenny and the Mayor of the City of Frankston Cr Colin Hampton.

Born in North Melbourne on 9 October 1918, Olive described her youth as carefree.  Leaving school at 15, she first worked with a corset maker before becoming a cook.

At 18, Olive married Jim, and they had fours sons, Ray, Ronny (dec), Jim and Ken.  The family moved to Carrum Downs in the late 1950s and Olive continued to work in catering for many years. She was also active in the local Girl Guides.

Prior to becoming a tenant in 1989, Olive worked as a cook serving meals to elderly tenants who were living on the former G.K. Tucker Settlement and in the adjacent nursing home on the site.  

Olive has lost none of her wicked sense of humour for which she is renowned and is proud of the fact that she does not need to take any medication or wear reading glasses.  In recognition of reaching this tremendous milestone, Board Director Ken Belfrage announced that Olive would live rent-free in her Wattlewood estate home.