History

You really will be living in clover.

Over 100 years ago, the land was purchased by Paul Ferdinand Liebelt from local milling family, the Dunns. Born in Mount Barker of Polish and German immigrants, Paul found the same subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum) similar to that famously found by AW Howard here in the 1890’s .

The clover was grown into swaying fields of fodder and, as a legume, added vital nitrogen to the soil. For some time, Mt Barker was the only place beside Europe where this clover grew. 

It’s for this reason a clover leaf is part of the coat of arms for the District Council of Mount Barker and it’s how the Clover Café at Oakfield Lodge residential care got its name.

Herb’s ironic legacy: a place for you to retire.

When Paul passed away in the late 1960s, his properties passed to his nephews, Herb and Ron Gallasch, who had both worked with him over the years.

As clover’s importance as a crop had waned, they turned the field over to growing hay, raising beef cattle and pigs.The Gallasch family were the last owners before Southern Cross Care purchased the land in 2012 and we have a wing at the Oakfield Lodge named after them.

Source Keith Galasch