Tasmanian Governor, Kate Warner, visits Japara Sandhill


Residents and staff at Japara Sandhill, our beautiful aged care home in South Launceston, enjoyed a high tea with the Tasmanian Governor, Kate Warner.

At 102, Eileen Holcroft is Japara Sandhill’s oldest resident and was honoured to present the Governor with a bouquet of flowers. Eileen stated that it was ‘Quite a hoot to meet such an important person’.

Eileen presenting the Tasmanian Governor, Kate Warner, with flowers
Image source: The Examiner

Professor Warner was appointed Tasmania’s first female governor in 2014, something she touched on during her speech to our Japara residents. Speaking about having her photograph taken in preparation for her official portrait, Professor Warner acknowledged that her portrait would “be the only women in a room full of men”.

Professor Warner’s term as Governor ends in June and she is looking forward to continuing her work as an academic as Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania.



We spoke to Peter Francis, Home Manager at Japara Sandhill, about the event…


What was the reason for the visit from the governor?

The Governor, The Her Excellency, the Honourable Professor Kate Warner AO was coming to the end of her term and residents expressed a desire to hear about what an average day held for the Governor.


What was said during her speech?

The Governor spoke of her last week of activities as a snap shot of her role. These activities included many public speaking roles, visits to schools, meetings with dignities, lots of travels all over Tasmania and formal dinner arrangements with various diplomats. She spoke of her plans following her retirement to continue her formal interest in academia in law and human rights.


Tasmanian Governor, Kate Warner, delivering a speech to Sandhill residents
Image source: The Examiner

Did the residents enjoy the visit? What were the highlights?

The Governor and her husband took time to share in a high tea with residents, speaking with every single resident who attended. The residents enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences from their own lives with both the Governor and her husband. They were particularly impressed with the formality of the event, undercover police guard, the shiny Land Rover with the flag on the bonnet, the Naval aide who was in attendance, despite the fact that Her Excellency was so humble, friendly and kind in her interactions with residents.



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If you are interested in the aged care services available at Japara Sandhill, come and visit us at 25 Waveney Street, South Launceston, TAS, 7249 or contact us to book a tour on 1800 52 72 72.

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