FIVE GENERATIONS: Maureen Jones (formerly from Maryborough), birthday girl Dorothy Schmidt, Donna Freyling (Kingaroy), baby Jayne Flynn (Chinchilla) and Kristen Flynn (Chinchilla).
FIVE GENERATIONS: Maureen Jones (formerly from Maryborough), birthday girl Dorothy Schmidt, Donna Freyling (Kingaroy), baby Jayne Flynn (Chinchilla) and Kristen Flynn (Chinchilla). Contributed

Time to celebrate five generations of great times

SURROUNDED by five generations of family and friends on her 90th birthday, Dorothy Schmidt (nee Early) was in her element.

"Just love your kids," she said.

Dorothy grew up in Wynnum, Brisbane and was the third youngest of 13 siblings.

"I started working on a station with my mother at 13-and-a-half - it was hard but our employers were wonderful - they even wanted to adopt me," she said.

"Mum and I did everything together."

The great great grandmother said she had seen a lot of changes.

"Brisbane has changed so much - I wouldn't like to live there now - it wouldn't be the same," Dorothy said.

"I came to Maryborough after marrying my husband, Herb, in Wondai - my mother's home town.

"I met Herb in Wynnum - we worked at the same place - I was helping the cook and he was the milkman."

Dorothy said Maryborough had also changed and she never remembered it being so hot.

She worked in Granville as a bread slicer and with her husband raised four boys and four girls.

"Raising children kept me young and healthy and very busy," she said.

"Herb cut cane and worked cooking bricks in the brickyard.

"We just had to keep going - Herb was a hard worker.

"And you have got to give to your kids - they come first. If everybody did that it would be a happier place.

"I can remember one of my twins -she'd say 'Mum, do you want all that you are eating' and I would always give it to her - it's probably how I stayed so skinny.

"It was much different to raising kids back then - some just don't show respect. Your parents are there for you, so you can show some respect."

Dorothy said she lived with one of her youngest sisters.

"I still live in the same house as what we moved into when we first moved to Maryborough - although the address has changed," she said.

Dorothy said there were a few highlights in her life which stand out.

"Herb was in the navy and I was really happy when he came home and the war was over - we danced in the street," she said.

"I also remember we travelled Australia twice with my niece Barbara and her husband Timmy - we got on so well - we still get on."

Family and friends gathered at the Maryborough RSL for Dorothy's 90th birthday celebrations.

"I got a shock to how many people turned up to my party," she said.

"It was lovely seeing family and friends I haven't seen for four or five years - it was such a surprise."

Dorothy was born on March 26, 1926 and has eight children, 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

"Herb and I had a big family and we were happy together - that's the main thing - he looked after me and I looked after him."


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