Lyndon Historical Timeline

Lyndon Historical Timeline
January 1

1921 – “Lucerne’ in Canowindra is built

Andrew Purcell builds ‘Lucerne’ the homestead in Canowindra. Andrew was a ‘Lucerne King’ in the area and was very successful with his Lucerne Flats and production. The house is Art Deco and is located on 3 blocks (the largest single home with land in Canowindra township today
February 21

1928 – Tough Times

Andrew Purcell becomes bankrupt during the depression. The house remains empty and unused for some time.
February 21

1942 – New owners

‘Lucerne’ is purchased by the Salvation Army and becomes an orphanage for girls during WWII. Lucerne is renamed ‘Lyndon’
March 21

1970s – Lyndon has a new purpose

Elaine Colgate, Psychiatric Nurse purchases ‘Lyndon’ and provides services for intellectually disabled people which allowed them to ‘integrate’ into the community
April 21

1981 – Modern day Lyndon Begins

Lyndon’ is used as an informal recovery accommodation with volunteer staff where residents run the program and groups (overseen by Philip Richards). Families and children welcome. All space in the house was used including closing in verandas etc to accommodate more people. Lyndon supported AA members and provided support for..Read More
May 21

1986 – Lyndon grows and diversifies

Lyndon supported 235 clients this year and Lyndon House became an ATCA (Australian Therapeutic Community Association) Member
June 1

1991 – Trust purchases Lyndon House

Trust formed, Board formed by Mark Warn & Peter O’Day or Mark Windsor O’Day. and ‘Lyndon House’ purchased. Funding submissions for A&OD rehabilitation beds
July 1

1992 – Secured licence and first paid employee

FACS Licence for 50 clients secured by the Board. Ray Harris employed as Program Director (first paid employee) – 90 day program developed. Program Developed and further staff employed and provided training
August 21

1992 – Sister Marie?

Sister Marie?
September 21

1992 – Further accreditation

Lyndon became a member of NADA
October 1

1993 – First CEO

Peter Ryan Employed as Chief Executive Officer
November 1

1994 – More funding secured

Funding secured from Dept Health and Ageing – more staff employed
December 21

2000 – Opening of the Withdrawal Unit

Lyndon Withdrawal Unit opened on the Bloomfield Campus (previously known as Ward 13 or the Loftloruim)
March 21

2005 – Tough times & opening of outreach

Lyndon Withdrawal Unit faced near closure due to lack of funding. Lyndon Outreach Program opened
June 1

2005 – Withdrawal Unit Expands

Tony Abbot, Health Minister officially opened the 8 bed expansion to the Withdrawal Unit (funded by AER)
January 1

2006 – New CEO

Craig Mills employed as Chief Executive
February 1

2007 – Lyndon expertise shared

Lyndon Clinical Leadership Program opened
March 21

2008 – research into new treatment programs started

Lyndon Research Program commenced
April 1

2008 Further accreditation

Lyndon Joined ACHS/ Quality Program commenced
April 1

2009 Murdi Paaki Partnership commenced

Lyndon/ Murdi Paaki Partnership developed and commenced
May 1

2010 Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Accredited

The Lyndon Community achieved Accreditation through the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards – The Therapeutic Community commenced the 6 month program
June 1

2010 – Further Accreditation

Lyndon accredited through ACHS
July 1

2011 – New CEO

Ed Zarnow commenced as Chief Executive Officer
October 1

2011 – New program – Wandarma

Wandarma Opened
September 21

2014 – more accreditation

Lyndon accredited through ACHS
November 21

2015 – A Era Ends

Lyndon House closed for relocation
January 1

2016 A new era begins

Wattlegrove opened for clients.
February 21

2016 – New Outreach Service

Dubbo Outreach Service opened
September 1

2017 Merged with Lives Lived Well

Lyndon, became part of Lives Lived Well, a Queensland-based not-for-profit organisation that also works to help people impacted by drugs or alcohol or experiencing mental health concerns.
December 31

Wandarma Service Closes

In agreement with the funding body, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Wandarma Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Service in Bega sadly closes. The service had been run by Lyndon since October 2011.
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