St Basil's was incorporated in South Australia in 1984 however its first facilities were secured in 1987 with the purchase of a large, rambling heritage listed villa in St Peters. A $10million reconstruction of the St Basil’s St Peters site was completed in 2019, to establish a boutique, 32 bed facility with café, cinema, gym, and magnificent garden which was established with the significant bequest of Mr Norman Beer (7 August 1928 - 30 April 2018), a much-loved resident at St Basil’s.
St Basil's Croydon Park opened in 1987 adjacent to the Parish of the Holy Monastery of Saint Nectarios on Regency Road. One year later, the third St Basil's facility – the Aegean Village – was established as a joint venture with the South Australian Housing Trust. The independent Living Units at Christie Downs form part of the Aegean Village, which provides care for more than 100 residents requiring independent living through to high care for those living with dementia. The Aegean Village features expansive grassed areas; a large function and various activity rooms, a gym, and Zoi Kafe – a fully functioning café that caters to residents, families and friends, as well as the local community.
Between 2014 and 2016, St Basil's Croydon Park underwent a multi-million dollar redevelopment to create a contemporary and sophisticated facility for 74 residents with luxury fittings and commercial grade services. The Mediterranean Village followed: a redevelopment of two villas each with nine bedrooms and a kitchen and laundry for residents to use. This model rebuilds the home environment; encouraging the familiar feeling of living at home.
Mr Norman Beer
A migrant in the 1950s, Mr Norman Beer left England for new opportunities in Australia. He found work in Toowoomba and learnt to milk cows; after a year he travelled to Darwin and worked in the kitchen of the Rum Jungle Uranium mine. He then moved for work to Gove, Katherine, Cunnanara, Arnhem Land, Pine Gap, and more, sending money back to his mother in the UK because “he wanted to show her what he could do with the opportunities he could never have had at home in England”.
Norm moved to Adelaide in 1981, without a wife or family because in his words “There was no place to take a woman or raise children so I’ve never had a family of my own, though I know I could have been a good dad”.
This garden around us, is a result of Norm’s generosity – a bequest borne from pennies saved throughout his simple, honest life. The Garden at St Peters is, in the words of St Basil, “A place where kindness is sown”, in memory of a “very easy-going man who liked to help people” (from Norm’s biography, provided by the Hutt Street Centre).