HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Dot Devine enjoys a 104th birthday visit from Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves at Don Leggett House before her party.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Dot Devine enjoys a 104th birthday visit from Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves at Don Leggett House before her party.

Dorothy's lived modern history at 104

AT 104 Dorothea (Dot) Devine has lived history.

She lived through the Great Depression, both World Wars, has seen 24 Prime Ministers (impressive even if five of them were in the past seven years!), the start of talking movies, television, radio, computers and man walking on the moon.

On Friday, November 24 Dot celebrated her milestone at Umina's Peninsula Villages with friends, family and staff, and looked back on those years.

Not one for a fuss, Dot warned "I charge by the hour you know," when she thought the stories were going on too long.

While described by friends as happy and optimistic, Dot's life has not been an easy one, including the loss of her husband Henry. She was one of nine children, and her father died when she was just seven years old, meaning her mother needed a lot of help around the house.

She raised two daughters herself, and two grandchildren from the age of 4 and 5, which she said helped keep her "young and active". She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Legacy.

"I loved working and had a great interest in sewing and knitting once I had children," Dot said.

"I was also a champion dart player and enjoyed playing tennis and have a fond interest in watching the professional tennis tournaments as well as listening to Judy Garland."

While she has no great secret to longevity, Dot said she had always had a passion for reading and crosswords, which probably kept her mind active.

Dot was one of the first residents of Peninsula Villages 13 years ago, and while management usually organises a bouquet of flowers for centenarians to represent their age, they decided to put the gerberas aside this year for one of Dot's other favourite things - a bouquet of chocolate.


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