12 March 1991 - Current
Brighton: beach mural Mr PULLEN (Higinbotham) -- I congratulate the 166 Mayflower Retirement Community residents and staff on the production of a beautiful mural, Brighton Beach, which was unveiled last week. Mayflower Retirement Community is situated in Centre Road, East Brighton, and all 166 people contributed to the mural which is in the foyer. The unveiling was to be performed by the mayor of Bayside, Cr Craig Tucker, but he took ill, and the member for Brighton in the other place, the Honourable Louise Asher, stepped in to perform the unveiling. The artwork has been made possible by the generous assistance of the Helen Macpherson Schutt Trust and artist-in-residence Julie Gross McAdam. The chairman of the Helen Macpherson Schutt Trust, Darvell Hutchinson, told the fascinating story of Helen and how the trust was set up in 1951 following her death in France, where she was living, and that she left an estate of $550 000 for the benefit of Victorian charities. She was buried in a pauper's grave. The trust today has around $70 million and last year paid out more than $5 million to Victorian organisations covering disabled care and support, community support, education, health, age persons care and support, arts, culture and heritage, employment and the environment. Helen Macpherson Schutt was a remarkable woman who still brings hope and joy to so many people some 54 years after her death, as she has to the residents, their families and staff at Mayflower.