What a ride for Mabel celebrating 100 years
SHE still plays bowls, won't miss a Broncos game, attends women's club meetings and keeps up the numbers at her weekly Bingo game and on Wednesday, she celebrates her 100th birthday.
Mabel Turvey was born in her grandmother's house at Blackwood St, East Ipswich, during the First World War on April 20, 1916.
"The maternity nurse used to come around in a horse and sulky. Her name was nurse Wilkes and she would come to the house with her bags and we always thought that babies came in that bag. Look how innocent we were in those days," Mrs Turvey said.
Mrs Turvey, her three sisters and her brother walked to Ipswich Central School each day.
"We walked everywhere," she said. "On the corner there was a dairy farm and one of us would walk down for the milk. One of us would have the job to go up and buy the QT at a penny. I've always had the QT. I couldn't do without my QT."
She worked as a mender and machinist at the East Ipswich Woollen Mills, met her future husband George in Ipswich, married in 1935 at St Paul's, went to Kingaroy for her husband's work as a cabinet maker with their two boys and Caboolture before moving back to Ipswich in 1963 when George took on a job as a bowling green keeper.
Mrs Turvey has always taken a keen interest in sport, from watching her father play cricket as a young girl to winning most competition categories herself at bowls. In her house is a huge photo of Allan Langer, whose career she followed, leading to her being one of the Broncos' biggest fans.
"Am I ever," she said. "I've got a dressing gown, I've got a bedspread, towels, a pillowslip, scarf, socks, cushions ... I watch all their games and I went down to Lang Park to see them last season. I still call it Lang Park. I've got a framed picture of Corey (Parker) up on the TV. If they don't win I turn him face down. Poor old Corey cops the lot."
Her friends at the Salvation Army Home League at Bundamba last week organised Strongs Limousine to pick her up for her weekly meeting. When she arrived, the group had organised a surprise birthday celebration for her.
Mrs Turvey has received a visit from Mayor Paul Pisasale and letters from her local politicians, but a letter from the Queen is the only one that will top the birthday wishes she received from her favourite politician, Shayne Neumann, who was her neighbour when he grew up. The celebrations continue this week with Mrs Turvey's bowl's club United Sports Club and her family organising parties for her.