Meet Nola Hodgetts
Welcome back to our Meet the Resident articles. Introducing you to some of the wonderful residents who live in our homes across Tasmania, and sharing their stories.
As the textile industry in Tasmania began to boom, a young Nola Hodgetts left behind her life on the Dunedin Farm in St Leonards (a “small” property of nearly 6000 hectares) and set off to Launceston to work in the famous Patons and Baldwins Mill.
Nola met her husband Terry while she was working in Launceston. Terry was a builder by trade, and after the pair were married, they bought a house in the picturesque town of Legana in which to raise their children. Nola’s daughter, Lisa, describes her as the matriarch of the family who has always had the role of caring for everyone else. Now at Mount Esk, she’s able to let others do the caring for her.
At 96 years young, Nola is happy to still be her “own boss” and “do her own thing” but has also made many new friends since arriving at Mount Esk. It seems quite fitting that the farmland she loved as a girl is not far away.
If you come to visit, you’ll more than likely find Nola relaxing outside on the verandah, soaking up the views.
‘It’s a nice spot to be and people don’t realise just how nice it is.’