Premier welcomes new centenarians to exclusive club
WELCOME to the club.
That was the message from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as she inducted 30 new members into the 100+ at a special Christmas celebration at Parliament House.
The Premier said the latest acquisitions added to the rich fabric of living history of the 100+ club.
"There is so much life experience, so many stories, so much history," she said.
"They've lived through and seen so many changes in Queensland, for starters our population was around 700,000 when they were born, today it's five million.
"This year is particularly poignant, because these very special Queenslanders were alive and some old enough to remember when the bells rang out marking the end of the First World War."
Those stories include 100+ club inductees Alfreda McDonald and Albert Lindsay Boyd.
Ms McDonald helped the war cause after learning morse code through the walls of the floristry shop in which she worked, while Mr Boyd was on the frontlines when Darwin was attacked in 1942.
However, the Premier would be amiss if she didn't reserve special praise for the club's current longest serving member - the 'Queen of Queensland', Mabel Crosby.
"Mabel Crosby just celebrated her 109th birthday in September," the Premier said.
"At her party held at the TriCare Sunnybank Hills Aged Care Residence she wore a crown and remarked that she felt like the Queen of Queensland.
"I just love Mabel's outlook on life and that her advice to others for a long and happy life are always be active, enjoy a wine or two and have adventures and travel."
Ms Palaszczuk said the 100+ club embodied what it meant to be a Queenslander.
"The life experiences and quiet stoicism and resilience of Mabel, Alfreda and Albert and every 100+ Club member is something I wish we could bottle and call it - Queensland spirit.
"They are living proof that, no matter what comes Queensland's way, we will get through it.
"I want to congratulate all our new 100+ club members on reaching this monumental milestone in life, and I thank them for their long and valuable contribution to our State."
In 2016 Queensland centenarians broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest gathering of people aged 100 years or more with 45 attending the lunch hosted by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
This year it was attended by 44.