MILESTONE: Rowena Biddle celebrating her 101st birthday with her son, Peter Biddle.
MILESTONE: Rowena Biddle celebrating her 101st birthday with her son, Peter Biddle. Michael Doyle

Looking back on 101 years

IMAGINE a world where phones are scarce and cars are owned by very few people.

This image is not far-fetched for Rowena Biddle, who yesterday celebrated her 101st birthday with her son and new friends at Karingal.

Mrs Biddle, who is staying at Karingal's facility in respite, enjoyed the day with cake and a party in the afternoon, which was organised by the staff at the nursing home.

As Mrs Biddle reflected on the changes she had seen in the past 101 years, she admitted there was no real secret to living so long.

"If we all knew the secret to a long life, we would all be living longer,” Mrs Biddle said.

"I suppose I have always eaten good food, because there was no take-away food when I was growing up.”

Growing up in Boonah, west of Beaudesert, Mrs Biddle's family did not own a car and travelled by horse.

Telephones were not a household item either, as there was only one nearby for the community to use.

There have been significant changes through Mrs Biddle's life, and she says her 101 years have been enjoyable.

"I certainly could never complain that my time was not happy,” she said.


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