Residents ready for a voyage to golden days of cruising
Saturday, 12th August, 2017
IT WILL be all aboard for a group of aged care residents in WA this month when they step back in time to discover the glory days of ocean travel.
Residents at Braemar Presbyterian Care aged care homes around Fremantle will cast off on a nostalgic journey when local maritime historian Chris Frame presents a series of talks on ocean liners.
Mr Frame, who has co-authored several books on maritime history and modern cruise ships, will be talking about the world famous ocean liner QE2 at the first talk on August 15 to coincide with celebrations for the ship's 50th anniversary.
The author said he was delighted to be asked to talk to residents particularly as several ex-seafarers call Braemar home.
"Braemar's three facilities are located in the East-Fremantle and Melville areas which are obviously in close proximity to Fremantle Port, and because of this many residents remember seeing the QE2 when it docked during its long and illustrious 40-year career," Mr Frame said.
Since developing an interest in ocean liners after reading a book about the Titanic as a young boy, Mr Frame has travelled extensively and is a regular speaker aboard cruise ships and at maritime museums.
In 2007 he collaborated with Rachelle Cross on their first book, QE2: A Photographic Journey. Since then the pair have published a further nine books about maritime history and modern cruise ships.
Braemar Presbyterian Care chief executive Wayne Belcher said the talks were part of the organisation's committed to providing residents with access to an engaging activity program throughout the year.
"When our residents told us they were keen to access guest speakers, we got to work securing experts that range from well-known chefs to maritime historians," he said.
Mr Frame will speak at Braemar Village in East Fremantle on August 15 at 1.45pm and at Braemar's Cooinda facility in Willagee on August 17 at 2pm.