The history of 120 Mason Street


The previous owner of 120 Mason Street, Paul Matthews, has decided to choose Japara Trugo Place for care for his brother. Considering the family history at the site and in the local area, it’s a perfect fit for them.



The family history at 120 Mason Street


Paul Matthews is the third-generation family owner of Matthews Brothers Engineering, which reached its century year in 2021. The business was born in 1921 when Roy Matthews and his brother Victor took out a loan to mine and transport stone from a quarry located close to a site they opened at 120 Mason Street in Newport. Roy and his three brothers carted the crushed rock using horses and drays for local council roadworks and government building projects.


Old dray wagons for transporting construction equipment

Old dray wagons for transporting construction equipment


Over time, the two owners turned to engineering works and secured a contract to supply torpedo heads and mortar bomb casings to the army. The business then evolved to create affordable and innovative road construction equipment and was eventually passed on to Roy’s sons, Noel and Ray Matthews.


Noel and Ray Matthews standing in front of their truck

Noel Matthews (far left) and Ray Matthews (far right) in the 1970s


After the passing of Noel in 2018 and Ray in 2020, Matthews Brothers Engineering became led by Roy’s grandson, Paul Matthews. The business is now a road construction equipment manufacturer in its centenary year of operation.



We spoke to Paul when he came for a tour of Trugo Place to ask him what he thought about our stunning new aged care home…


What stands out in the local area of Newport?

It is close to everything – public transport, schools and shopping, as well as the beautiful Newport Lakes Reserve. The local area has changed a lot over time, including the lakes behind Trugo Place.


What were your thoughts when visiting Trugo Place?

I thought the views from the site were beautiful and really liked the light-filled spaces. The layout is very well-designed and reminds me of a cruise ship! All of this contributed to us choosing Trugo Place.



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Trugo Place is open to new residents. If you or your loved one would like to register your interest, book a tour, or have a question for our team, get in touch with us today on 1800 52 72 72 or via our Contact Form.

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