History

The name ‘Moyola’ was chosen to honour Mrs Margaret Love who was born in Northern Ireland and lived on the Moyola River.

Moyola Gardens When Mrs Love and her family migrated to Australia, they named their farm - on the outskirts of Tatura - “Moyola”.  The name Moyola was selected for the facility in memoriam of Mrs. Love and her family’s generosity.

In 1951 the will of the late Mrs. Margaret Love set aside the sum of $11,400 for the erection of homes for the aged members of Tatura and surrounding communities. A further $3,000 was donated for investment and the interest earned on the donation was used for maintenance of the cottages. This was the beginning of Moyola Cottages and Moyola Lodge.

A volunteer committee was formed in 1963 and was made up of many local community members. In 1965 the first group of units was established in Service Street, Tatura, consisting of eight single and two double accommodation units. In 1971 another nine units were constructed in Kerferd Street, Tatura. These became known as Moyola Cottages.

In 1980 the federal government allocated $363,000 for the Hostel to be constructed. An architect was appointed and working drawings were completed in 1981.  During this time Committee members had been able to raise another $86,000. In May 1983 the first residents moved into Moyola Lodge, which was soon fully occupied.  Not long after, an expansion was needed to meet demand within the community for similar accommodation. In 1989, the Pyke wing was erected; the existing wings were named after Mr. J.H Trevaskis and Mr. J. A Ford.  In 2001 another wing was added to the Lodge which was named in honour of the Kuhnle family. 

In 1997, land was purchased on Dhurringile Road on the eastern side of Tatura for the construction of Moyola Gardens Retirement Village.

On 12th May 2001, local M.P Mrs. Sharman Stone officially opened Moyola Gardens, the first residential contract was signed and in late May 2001 our first resident moved into the village. 

In 2012, The Margaret Love wing was extended onto Moyola Lodge to accommodate residents with high-care needs who are living with dementia.  Moyola Lodge has 43 beds filled with wonderful residents and offers respite to people in Tatura and the wider community. 


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