Ivy Nowitzke with her letter from the Queen.
Ivy Nowitzke with her letter from the Queen. contributed

Ivy's revved up to celebrate her centenary on Harley

IVY Myrtle Nowitzke, nee Reepsdorff, kicked started her 100th birthday celebrations by riding on the back of her grandson's Harley Davidson.

Ivy also received a letter from the Queen and attended a number of parties, including a stretch limo ride with a red carpet welcome to the Howard Respite Centre, where they have erected a bench with a plaque in her honour and she planted an olive tree.

She also celebrated her centenary milestone with family and friends, enjoying a quiet cuppa and reminiscing her grand life.

During the First World War, on October 3, 1916, the Reepsdorff family welcomed their fourth child Ivy Myrtle.

Ivy was born in Bidwill and when she was four the family moved to Doolbi near Childers.

When Ivy was just 9-years-old her mother died and an Aunt from Bidwill, with her four children, moved in so the families would care for each other.

Raising nine children before and during the Depression was strained and Ivy has mused on the differences of priorities from today to then.

 

CRUISING: Ivy Nowitzke celebrated her 100th birthday with a ride on a Harley Davidson with her son Danny Martindale.
CRUISING: Ivy Nowitzke celebrated her 100th birthday with a ride on a Harley Davidson with her son Danny Martindale. Contributed

During those years food, clothing and education were more important than toys, parties and fancy clothes.

At 17 Ivy met the love of her life - Victor Nowitzke, and after a two-year courtship were married.

The couple settled in Childers where Victor worked as a cane cutter and they raised three children, Donald, Beth and Verna.

With family in Bidwill and no motorised transport, Ivy and Victor were known to ride pushbikes between the two towns - once while Ivy was three months pregnant.

They finally bought their own farm in Childers and were involved in various church activities.

Tragically they lost Donald when he was just 15 to snake-bite complications.

After working their fingers to the bone and raising their family, Ivy and Victor retired to Burrum Heads where Victor enjoyed wetting the line.

Unfortunately Victor was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was a bed-ridden paraplegic for two years before dieing.

Ivy has been on her own since 1980, but has travelled Australia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand.

Ivy family has grown from three children to five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.


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