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1847
  • Before any hymns were sung or sermons delivered, newly emigrated Reverend William Moore, the first Methodist Minister of Brisbane, conducted his first official duty - a funeral service for a prostitute who had died penniless and with no one to mourn her. The compassion demonstrated in this act is the seed from which Wesley Mission Queensland has grown and is reflected in all that we do.
1907
  • The Church’s mission was formally recognised as the Central Methodist Mission and Reverend Rowe established Sisters of the People to provide assistance to women and children in need. Brisbane's newspaper boys were invited to attend a supper in the local hall. Many of them were homeless and as a result a savings plan was established to help the boys escape the cycle of poverty.
1930
  • During the Great Depression of the 1930s the mission provided meals, shelter and emergency relief to men who had lost their jobs and were doing it tough.
1936
  • Queensland's first aged care community, the Garden Settlement (now Wheller Gardens), opens at Chermside. At the time it was considered a challenging, even daring experiment.
1964
  • Toowong Childcare Centre opens. The centre has now shared in the lives of two generations of locals, with parents who previously were pupils at the centre enrolling their own children to attend.
1974
  • MailpaQ is established. MailpaQ is a not for profit digital printing, packing and warehousing service that employs people with disabilities, equipping them with life-long skills and promoting wellbeing.
1977
  • The Sinnamon Village community opens. The Village would go on to grow and include five aged care communities, independent living villas, the WMB Youngcare Apartments, a dementia respite centre, a hydrotherapy pool and health and wellness day therapy centre.
1978
  • The Balmoral Uniting Community Centre is established. Originally a drop in centre for the local community, the centre has evolved into an extensive network of community care services that cater for young and old.
1981
  • The Health and Wellness Day Therapy Centre opens at Sinnamon Village. The therapy centre offers residents and the public a range of services including: physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and dietetics.
1985
  • Emergency Relief is established. The centre operates five days a week to help those people doing it tough by providing food parcels and emergency payments. The centre supports hundreds of people living with disadvantage every year.
1989
  • Jahjumbeen Occasional Child Care Centre opens offering parents flexible child care from two hours to two weeks.
1992
  • Moorooka Central Kitchen and Laundry opens. The kitchen supplies 1,700 WMB residential aged care residents with their meals each day, as well as meals to Blue Care residents and a number of Queensland Health hospitals.
2002
  • Anam Cara aged care community opens at Bray Park. Anam Cara achieved full accreditation for Eden in Oz& NZ™ at the end of 2011. This resident-focused model of care promotes a holistic approach to maintaining the physical and mental health of not only residents, but their families and staff.
2003
  • The Sinnamon Village hydrotherapy pool opens. The pool is purpose-built to cater for the needs of the community, clients seeking general fitness, and people with complex physical and neurological conditions.
2004
  • The Beenleigh Adult and Youth Service, which has been helping youth and families in the Beenleigh area since 1990, partners with Wesley Mission Brisbane. Now known as the Logan City Services, the network runs 10 community services programs to support young people and families in Logan and the surrounding regions.
2005
  • The National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service is introduced. An activity of WMQ, the service is funded by the Australian Government to provide interpreters free of charge to people who use sign language to communicate and would like to book an interpreter for private health care appointments.
2007
  • Wesley Mission Brisbane partners with advocacy organisation Youngcare to provide choice in housing for young people living with high care needs. The first state-of-the-art apartments at Sinnamon Village cater to the individual care needs of each resident to ensure they have the quality of life they deserve. WMB owns and operates the apartments and is proud to provide the ongoing care and support for residents.
2008
  • Stage one of the Wheller on the Park retirement community opens at Wheller Gardens, Chermside.
  • Art from the Margins, WMB's art therapy program, is created. Art from the Margins works with disadvantaged and socially isolated artists to showcase their art to the wider public.
2009
  • Parkview, a new state-of-the-art, 145-room aged care community opens at the Wheller Gardens site. The home represents one of the most significant building developments in WMB's history.
  • Wesley House, a nine-story commercial building, opens next to the Albert Street Church.
2010
  • The Gold Coast Service Hub at Robina opens, supporting families and young people. WMB becomes the largest provider of youth services on the Gold Coast, offering a wide range of practical programs for vulnerable teens and young adults, encouraging and providing them with support to achieve positive changes in their lives.
2011
  • Little Marchants Child Care Centre opens at the Wheller Gardens site at Chermside. The centre has been commended for its Intergenerational Program, where the children conduct weekly visits to the aged care communities on site.
2012
  • Wesley Mission Brisbane and advocacy organisation Youngcare open a second apartment complex at Coomera to provide choice in housing for young people living with high care needs. WMB owns and operates the apartments and is proud to provide the ongoing care and support for residents.
  • Beenleigh Family Centre Child Care opens bringing WMB's child care centres to four, with three home-based services.
2013
  • Wesley Care Tewantin, a purpose built home funded by Disability Services Qld and run by WMB, opens. The home offers six young adults living with high care needs a much needed choice in housing. WMB began working in 2007 to provide flexible supported accommodation options for young adults living with disabilities; this brings our services across South East Qld to three.
  • The fifth and final stage of the Wheller on the Park retirement living village opens at Wheller Gardens. The independent living village has more than 340 units and is one of the largest retirement villages in Queensland.
2015
  • Clear Breeze Apartments opens in Brisbane’s North-West, a state-of-the-art apartment building that provides independent living for 14 people who experience mental health issues. The building project, a partnership between Mantle Housing and Wesley Mission Brisbane, takes a new approach to fostering personal independence, wellbeing and recovery, community engagement and inclusion.
2016
  • Asher House, a supported accommodation development that provides a home for life for young people living with acquired brain injuries, opens. The home is an innovative solution to share house living for 12 residents, which includes spacious living areas and green spaces, as well as 24 hour medical and lifestyle support.
  • Wesley Mission Brisbane changes its name to Wesley Mission Queensland. The change is small but significant. Just like the state we call home, we reach far and wide and we are made up of people from all walks of life; by transitioning to a name that better signifies our geographical reach, we can more accurately reflect the community in which we work and our neighbours who we support.
  • Wesley Mission Queensland celebrates 80 years of care of the Wheller Gardens site. Originally called The Garden Settlement, Wheller Gardens was the first ever aged care community to be built in Queensland. It was the dream of Reverend Harold Manuel Wheller of the Central Methodist Mission, who wanted to create a safe, caring place for ageing people who could not survive on the old age pension and whose families did not have the capacity to care for them.

 Reverend Wheller’s dream continues to this day, and Wheller Gardens has grown to become a thriving community hub consisting of four aged care communities, a retirement village, a day therapy centre, corporate office, childcare centre, the National Auslan Interpreter Booking Service, two cafes and Hummingbird House all located on site.

  • John Wesley Gardens aged care community, originally opened in 1962, reopens in Geebung after an extensive redevelopment. John Wesley Gardens continues our strong tradition of providing quality and compassionate care to seniors in Queensland.
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