The Betty Smith Heritage Precinct, on the grounds of Wesley Mission Queensland’s ‘Wheller Gardens’, is the home of Queensland’s first aged-care community.
Opening in 1936 after George Marchant gifted land and money to Reverend Wheller to create a garden settlement for the elderly, Wheller Gardens (formerly the Garden Settlement) is where aged-care began in Queensland. Wesley Mission Queensland has lovingly restored three of the cottages that we’re part of the first stage of Wheller Gardens to their original condition. The three cottages, named Wheller, Marchant and Smith, have become a “living history” of Wheller Gardens and contain a wealth of historical information, photos, household items highlighting how seniors lived in the 30’s and how aged care has progressed over time.
The site is also home to the 78 year old ‘The Sanctuary’ chapel, which has undergone a recent restoration. The site is now known as the Betty Smith Heritage Precinct and was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland in 2016, eighty years after the Gardens first opened.
Historical cottages, the Lawn Bowls green and the Sanctuary
Saturday Guided Tours
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