Residents at Braemar Presbyterian Care aged care homes will cast off on a nostalgic journey next month, when a local maritime historian and internationally published author presents the first in a series of talks on ocean liners of yesteryear.

Chris Frame, who has co-authored close to a dozen books about maritime history and modern cruise ships, will focus on the world famous ocean liner QE2 and coincides with celebrations for the ship’s 50th anniversary this year.

Mr Frame said he was delighted to be asked to talk to residents, as part of the not-for-profit aged care organisation’s extensive enrichment program, particularly as several ex-seafarers call Braemar home.

“Braemar’s three facilities are located in the East-Fremantle and Melville areas which are obviously in close proximity to Fremantle Port, and because of this many residents remember seeing the QE2 when it docked during its long and illustrious 40 year career,” Mr Frame says.

“Attendance at the talks is already well booked and, as well as residents, family members have also shown a keen interest which we also think is fantastic.”

Chief Executive of Braemar Presbyterian Care, Wayne Belcher, said Braemar was committed to providing residents with access to an engaging activity program throughout the year, to support a full and enriched lifestyle.

“Braemar’s focus is to provide our residents with an engaging enrichment program year round,” he says.

“Since 1952, Braemar has facilitated this relationship-centred approach to care, in support of the elderly in Perth, and when our residents told us they were keen to access guest speakers, we got to work securing experts that range from well-known chefs to maritime historians.

“I’m excited to see this program being well received by those in our care.”

Mr Frame will speak at Braemar Village in East Fremantle at 1:45pm on 15 August and at Braemar’s Cooinda facility in Willagee at 2pm on 17 August.

Some of Mr Frame’s lecture highlights include speaking aboard Queen Victoria during the Lusitania 100th Anniversary commemorations, speaking at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Sea City Museum in Southampton, as well as being the first guest lecturer aboard P&O’s Pacific Eden during her maiden voyage.

Braemar Presbyterian Care is a community ministry of the Presbyterian Church in WA. Braemar operates three residential care facilities providing 220 residential places.