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Rosemary Dargaville (1934-2013)

Rosemary Dargaville circa 1970s

After completing an Arts degree at The University of Melbourne, Rosemary Dargaville looked for a social work qualification she could complete part time. Melbourne’s program was for full-time students only; Sydney’s allowed part time enrolment so Rosemary enrolled there, and completed her course in 1959. She returned to Melbourne to work, and found a position at the Alfred Hospital’s Social Work Department, headed by Beryl Thomas. She was placed for eighteen months as the sole social worker at Caulfield Hospital, a rehabilitation hospital connected with The Alfred, then moved across to the Alfred Hospital to undertake a research project in the Cardiac Unit.

After time at home raising her children, in 1968 Rosemary was employed part-time by the Uniting Church in North West Melbourne to research the needs of elderly people in the area. Rosemary thought of her social work career as being focused on aged care, and regarded her next job working in child care at Orana Childen’s Home in Burwood as unusual for her, but very interesting, as Orana was one of the early cottage homes models of child care. After leaving Orana she moved to the Research Section of The Brotherhood of St Laurence, where she worked on a project related to The Brotherhood’s aged care services. This was followed by employment at Mount Royal, an aged care centre in Parkville, where Rosemary again held a research position working on the Brunswick Scheme, a plan geared towards keeping older people in their homes rather than in institutional settings.

Rosemary worked in a number of settings as a locum, and also spent six years working at Yooralla Society. Her last employment was at Heatherton Hospital, an aged care mental health facility, where she was still employed when she was interviewed on 28 August 1996.

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