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St Joseph's Home is located in the Victorian suburb of Northcote, 7km north-east of the Melbourne CBD. It is well serviced by public transport - tram and train - which allows easy access to not only the CBD, but also Northcote's attractive shops, post office, chemist, medical centre and leisure activities.

Extensive renovations to this Home were completed in late 2015.  This provided larger rooms with facilities to implement  Ageing in Place.





This 50 bed facility now provides all single rooms and individual ensuites.  There is an area in each room for tea making facilities. The room is large enough to create a sitting area for visitors  

 The rooms are freshly painted with vinyl or carpeted floors and are well maintained. Each room has a view to the courtyard or overlooking the gardens. All rooms have electric beds, built in wardrobes and free standing furniture.








The home has several lounge rooms    with views to expansive gardens


We have a Chapel offering daily Mass and reflection, physio room, a large auditorium and a self contained function center for the use of residents, families and community. We also have a library, coffee shop and general store run by the community. The home and gardens are well maintained.


A unique feature of this Home is the museum area where the first farm house and chapel stand.



2.Daily accommodation payment - $34.25 per day - This is based on the Maximum Permissible Interest Rate of 5.00% which is set by the government.

Combination of refundable accommodation deposit and daily payment - 50% of your payment as a refundable accommodation deposit and 50% as a daily payment, your deposit will be $125,000.00 and your daily payment will be $17.13 

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All room types at the Little Sisters of The Poor Homes are priced the same. The following amounts are the maximum you will be charged if you are not eligible for a Government subsidy. There are three payment options to choose from:
1. Refundable accommodation deposit (paid as a lump sum) - The maximum refundable accommodation deposit you will be charged is $250,000.00.


Melbourne History


On 5th November, 1884, the Little Sisters arrived in Melbourne. Six French Sisters and two English Sisters disembarked at Port Melbourne after a voyage of 6 weeks.
Their first home was two terraced houses where St. Vincent'’s hospital now stands.  Within a few days they had admitted there first elderly lady.  A few days later there was another arrival and from that time the work of the Little Sisters has never ceased to flourish in Melbourne.

It was soon apparent that a larger house was needed to accommodate the growing number of elderly.

In 1885 the property at Northcote was purchased, through the generosity of the people of Melbourne.  There was a small farmhouse on the property, a three roomed weatherboard building of Baltic pine with a verandah on both sides. A Chapel, also in Baltic pine was built. The Sisters recorded that they enjoyed the sea breezes and had a view of Mount Macedon. 

When this little family moved from Victoria Parade to Northcote, they were transported, free of charge, by the Fitzroy and Collingwood cabmen. 

In 1888 a large building project began.  Donations and other forms of generosity abounded.
When the first stage of the building was completed, ninety elderly people were admitted in eighteen days.  By 1890 there were two hundred elderly people and by 1892 this had risen to 300.  Many of these elderly people were victims of the gold rush era.  They had not made their fortunes and were now homeless.

As the elderly and infirm increased in numbers, so too the numbers of Little Sisters needed to increase.  Shortly after the original foundation, two more sisters came from France and the first Australian girl had entered the congregation.  By 1886 six more young Australian girls had joined the ranks and by 1887 this had increased to nine.

Over the years, extensions were made to the hilltop building which can be seen from afar, a landmark of Northcote.
In the early 1980’s it was necessary to move with the times and to build a new, modern aged care facility.  The Official Opening of the Nursing Home was in 1983 and the remainder of the building was opened in 1988.
The original farmhouse and chapel are preserved in our grounds.  In their new setting, the past is joined to the present, and we are constantly reminded of the aspirations and efforts of the pioneers who had a vision and worked so hard to achieve it.  Now, more than a century later, Mount Macedon has faded into a haze, the sea breezes have gradually disappeared, the fields have been covered with buildings and the pipe track has become the busy thoroughfare of St. Georges Road.

We are the custodians of that vision of our early pioneer Little Sisters as we strive to live and transmit the charism of St. Jeanne Jugan into today'’s world.


Foundation house and chapel

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