Caroline Nicholls listed her English heritage as one of the key factors of her longevity.
Caroline Nicholls listed her English heritage as one of the key factors of her longevity. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Caroline turns 103 today

MOST people find it hard to imagine reaching the monumental milestone that is their 100th birthday, but one Warwick woman is today blowing out candles on her 103rd cake.

Akooramak resident Caroline Nicholls was yesterday honoured with a party to celebrate the achievement, and said she had acquired plenty of wonderful memories during her 103 years.

“I have had some lovely birthdays and I remember them all,” Mrs Nicholls said.

Close companion and fellow resident Jess Devine was pleased to be sharing such a milestone with the woman she describes as her “beloved friend”.

“We've shared a lot together,” Mrs Devine said.

“I go in every morning and read the paper to her – even though she has already read it – and we like to read the stars and do the crossword.”

And what is the secret to living to such an impressive age?

Mrs Nicholls attributes her English heritage and great parents and siblings to such a long and satisfying life.

The youngest of seven children, Mrs Nicholls migrated to Australia from England when she was just five years old and she said she vividly remembered the sea voyage.

“We came around past Cape Town in Africa and I remember my brothers and sisters pointing out the lights and they all wanted to make sure I saw them,” she said.

“They always looked after me.”

Mrs Nicholls' father had travelled out to Australia one year before the rest of the family, and she said she clearly remembered the excitement she felt the day they docked in Sydney and were reunited with him.

Much of Mrs Nicholls' childhood was spent in a large homestead at Toolburra, and her family made its living mainly from crop farms.

Later in her life, Mrs Nicholls met her husband Norman. The couple's two daughters, Eve-Ann and Norma, still live locally.

The women have plans to visit their mother today to help her celebrate her 103rd birthday.

When asked if she ever thought she would achieve such a monumental milestone, Mrs Nicholls said it was not something she had ever considered.

“You didn't think about things like that back then, did you?”



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