Long-time resident celebrates hitting the century
THE year Beryl Turvey and her late husband Bill moved to Warwick, they saw houses submerged by rising floodwaters.
It was 1976 and they had purchased a beautiful house on acreage above the Condamine River bordering Scots PGC College.
From Mrs Turvey's veranda, only the rooftops could be seen of the houses on the opposite side of the river on East and Fitzroy Sts.
But it did not deter her from living in the town, as she stayed on to celebrate her 100th birthday here on December 1.
Born in Kyogle in 1918, Mrs Turvey grew up helping her father plough and milk cows.
Upon leaving school, she undertook nursing for about five years but then she went back to live and work on the land around Bowenville.
Her daughter Fran Campbell said her mother loved gardening and woke up early to milk cows and help muster and draft sheep.
"During the drought Mum would help pull sheep out of the backwater from the dam when they would go in to drink and get bogged in the mud,” Mrs Campbell said.
After making the big move to Warwick, Mrs Turvey embedded herself in the community.
She played bowls until the age of 95 and was an active member of the Warwick branch of the Leukaemia Foundation.
Up until the age of 97, Mrs Turvey drove and lived independently with her dog Penny.
She is now a resident at Akooramak, where she celebrated her birthday last month surrounded by family and friends who had travelled from as far as New Zealand, Rockhampton and Brisbane.