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The John Curtin Memorial Hostel (now John Curtin Aged Care) was named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, who was born in Creswick.
The building's foundation stone was laid on the sixth of January 1985 which would have been John Curtin’s 100th birthday.
John Curtin, the son of a policeman was born in Creswick in 1885. His life wasnot privileged and he left school at 13 to find work.
He moved to Melbourne where he worked as a newspaper copy boy. He made up for his short formal education by reading books which sparked his interest in politics. From there he went on to be arguably one of Labor's and Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers.
Funds for the building came from a capital grant from the commonwealth government and a community fund raising effort strongly supported by the then Creswick Hospital Board of Management.
John Curtin Aged Care has grown and developed since it opened to 36 residents in 1987.
Peacock Unit was named for Sir Alexander and Lady Millie Peacock. Sir Alexander was born and educated in Creswick, and represented the district in the Victorian Government. He was conservative Premier of Victoria on 3 occasions, including during the first world war. After his death, his widow Millie won his seat of Allendale at the by-election, becoming the first women member of the Legislative Assembly.
We are very proud of our history and of our beautiful surroundings.