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Historian makes Kilmarnock her new home

Historian makes Kilmarnock her new home

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Alison Fraser.
Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Alison Fraser.

Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Alison Fraser, 75, says moving into a rest home has given her time to take care of unfinished business.

“After my husband died I used to lie in bed in the evenings thinking about the things I had to do and wondering how I would get the time. Now I’m in a position in my life where I can sit back and relax because things are taken care of.”

Alison says her life became simpler after moving to Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore six months ago.

“I’m a little shocked that I like it here, I was never looking forward to living in a rest home. I never planned this. I thought I could survive on my own, but then I suddenly started realising that I was missing out on so much because I was trying so hard to do it all myself.”

Now Alison is using her time to relax, enjoy life and tie-up loose ends. Her biggest endeavour is to honour her late husband’s wishes by getting his book published.

Alison’s husband Walter Fraser was a Major in the New Zealand Army. They met in Waiouru when she was 19 years old, and had been together for 56 years before he died in 2012.

The book, which took 30 years to complete, is about the history of Wellington from a military viewpoint. It has 283 carefully researched pages that cover the history and significance of war memorabilia in Wellington.

The Frasers’ knowledge and interest in war history is well-known. In 2000 the couple was asked by the Wellington City Council to research the significance of people buried at the Karori cemetery with a military background.

In fact, it was this research that led to the development of the Karori Cemetery Heritage Trail.

Alison came up with the name ‘Warriors Walk’ for the trail, which is a self-guided tour that covers the lives of men and women who fought in the Boer War, both World Wars, the Korean, Malayan and Vietnam wars, as well as in United Nations peacekeeping operations.

“I came up with the name Warriors Walk because that’s exactly what it is. They are ex-servicemen who have fought for our country.”

Alison says she is proud of what she has accomplished throughout her life and is happy to have time to focus on her biggest mission yet – publishing her husband’s book.

“I love Kilmarnock, It’s not clinical looking – it’s casual and relaxed and I like that. Now I finally have time to get things sorted.”

Click here for more information about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore, Wellington. 


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