Bolton Clarke client Allan has had a lifelong love affair with cricket, and at 91, watching the Ashes Test on television is a favourite summer tradition.
It’s a connection he shares with long-time Melbourne District Nursing Society stalwart Lady Janet Clarke, who became the society’s president in 1889 and whose compassionate and committed service is recognised in our new name, Bolton Clarke.
Three years before Melbourne’s first District Nurse took to the streets in 1882, Lady Clarke burned the stumps after a social cricket match against the visiting English cricket team at her Sunbury property, and presented them to the team’s captain in an urn which she suggested should become a perpetual trophy.
The gift became the legend at the heart of the Ashes test cricket series that continues today.
Allan, who played for Mount Waverley, Victoria from 1945 to 1970 and remains proud of his achievements, said the Ashes link was of particular interest to him, given his own sporting background.
“I always loved playing cricket, it was one of my favourite past times. I found it very interesting to learn Bolton Clarke has such strong cricketing links,” he says.
“I played for 25 years in Mount Waverley, and during that time I played in nine premierships, won the bowling average for the club eight times and won the association bowling average twice. I also finished my last game with 110 wickets.”
These days, Allan enjoys watching all cricket on the television including the Ashes test and 20/20 games, and is especially happy to see the growing profile of women’s cricket.
“It’s good to see these sportswomen are getting recognition because they are fantastic players. I do enjoy seeing live games though. About 40 years ago I went to the Australia vs India game at the MCG and Bill Johnson won for Australia about being 9 out,” he says.
Allan receives At Home Support and in addition to his life-long love of sport, has retained an interest in healthy living in his role as a vegetable farmer.
“I was always very healthy, I never visited a hospital until I was 70-years-old. I asked my doctor what was causing more frequent visits and he replied Birthdays,” he says.
“Now I have the nurses visit me twice a week, I don’t know what I would do without them – I love having them come by, they are always so helpful.”