Cropper Family’s history lives on at 7 Saint Vincent
There’s a strong sense of history at Metlifecare’s 7 Saint Vincent village.
Located in Remuera – one of Auckland’s most established suburbs – the village is nestled on land that once belonged to Aucklander Paul Cropper. The hundred year-old Pohutukawa trees that line the village gardens and treasured family paintings on display within the village provide a hint of days gone by.
The original Cropper family residence, named ‘Araroa’ in Māori or ‘Long path,’ was later moved to the grounds at MOTAT, but the retirement village’s serviced apartment wing was named Araroa in commemoration of the original homestead.
For son John Cropper, 7 Saint Vincent was a natural choice when it came to choosing a retirement village. After growing up in the family homestead from 1924, he came full circle, returning to live out his golden years in a serviced apartment at the village. According to his family, it was a happy homecoming.
“When he came to live at 7 Saint Vincent, his daughter Jess said her father was so delighted to be coming home again,” said Metlifecare Sales Executive Joy Farry.
In the hallway of the Araroa wing, directly opposite John’s former apartment, hang two paintings – a portrait of Paul Cropper by J C Hill and a painting of the original Cropper homestead, gifted by the family at a special village service held after John’s death in 2017.
These cherished artworks not only offer a glimpse into the lives of a well-known local family, but they keep the history of 7 Saint Vincent alive for future generations.