The Premier has welcomed 30 new Queenslanders to the 100+ Club at a special Christmas celebration at Parliament House today.
The Queenslanders join the exclusive club of 126 centenarians including the State’s oldest Queenslander.
“Mabel Crosby just celebrated her 109th birthday in September,” the Premier said.
“At her party held at the TriCare Sunnybank Hills Aged Care Residence she wore a crown and remarked that she felt like the Queen of Queensland.
“I just love Mabel’s outlook on life and that her advice to others for a long and happy life are always be active, enjoy a wine or two and have adventures and travel.”
The Premier said the annual event was one of her favourite events on the calendar.
“There is so much life experience, so many stories, so much history,” she said.
“They’ve lived through and seen so many changes in Queensland, for starters our population was around 700,000 when they were born, today it’s five million.
“This year is particularly poignant, because these very special Queenslanders were alive and some old enough to remember when the bells rang out marking the end of the First World War.”
New 100+ Club member Alfreda McDonald, who turned 100 on 18 February, learned morse code from a former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) serviceman who ran a shoe repair business beside the floristry shop in which she worked. They would tap messages to each other on the shops’ dividing wall.
“With this new skill, Alfreda sat and passed the RAN Trade Test and was recruited as a wartime telegraphist. She took distress calls from ships at sea,” the Premier said.
“Another 100+ Club member Albert Lindsay Boyd, 102, served in the military in Darwin in 1942 as a trench digger and battalion runner.
“Albert was standing outside the army headquarters at 9.50am on 19 February 1942 during the raids.
“The life experiences and quiet stoicism and resilience of Mabel, Alfreda and Albert and every 100+ Club member is something I wish we could bottle and call it – Queensland spirit.
“They are living proof that, no matter what comes Queensland’s way, we will get through it.
“I want to congratulate all our new 100+ club members on reaching this monumental milestone in life, and I thank them for their long and valuable contribution to our State.”
In 2016 Queensland centenarians broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest gathering of people aged 100 years or more with 45 attending the lunch hosted by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
44 attended today’s lunch.
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk