ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0178 Villagio Sant'Antonio, Photographic Record

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HMSS 0178


Photographic Record of Villaggio Sant’Antonio compiled by Max Kerrisk

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5 photograph albums

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The Italian and Spanish communities in Canberra in 1976 formed a committee to raise funds for a 22 bed aged care hostel for their relatives and friends. Villaggio Sant’Antonio stage 1 was officially opened in September 1991, followed two years later by stage 2, with 20 beds and a Multi-Function Room. A third hostel stage comprising 17 beds and a large lounge, completed in 2001, is documented in album 2. In 1991 it was also decided to build self-care villas, and construction of 42 villas began in 1998.

In September 1999 Max and Constance Kerrisk moved into Villa 42, one of the first two self-care villas to be occupied. Max recorded the construction of the remaining villas, and to complete the story of the villas he also acquired some village history and a few earlier photographs. The resulting albums are a combination of photographs and written descriptions not only of the work in progress but also the reactions and interactions of the residents as the villas were completed and occupied.

Box List

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Date range


Album 1

Mid 1999 – May 2000


Album 2

May 2000 – Oct 2001


Album 3

Oct 2001 – Jun 2003


Album 4

Jun 2003 – Nov 2004


Album 5

Sep 2004 – Aug 2005