Geelong retirement village, south west of Melbourne, named after man who inspired AFL’s Brownlow Medal

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A name that has become synonymous with AFL greatness has been used to name Ryman Healthcare’s newest retirement community, located in Geelong, the Charles Brownlow Retirement Village.

Ryman names all its retirement villages after exceptional people, with its three Melbourne villages being named in honour of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, Dame Nellie Melba and John Flynn.

More than 120 people attended the unveiling of the new Highton village’s name at GMHBA stadium last week.

The village’s name was announced with the original Brownlow Medal in attendance, and Brownlow’s grandson, also named Charles Brownlow, joining the ceremony via video link from Queensland.  

Mr Brownlow had a four decades long association with the Geelong Cats AFL club, giving rise to the naming idea.

The village will be home to around 260 people when complete, with the first residents moved in in August of last year.

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