Rockhampton resident Ethel Williams is about to turn 100 in a few days time and will celebrate the milestone with family and friends.
Rockhampton resident Ethel Williams is about to turn 100 in a few days time and will celebrate the milestone with family and friends. Chris Ison

Ethel not fussed on milestone

ROCKHAMPTON woman Ethel Williams doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

She is turning 100 and can’t understand all the interest in her milestone.

Fortunately her family does and that’s why they’re throwing a party at the Athelstane House for 70 guests on her birthday this coming Sunday.

Born in Duaringa on May 1, 1911, Ethel moved to Rockhampton with her family when she was five and has lived here ever since.

She has lived through two world wars and has seen the primary mode of transportation go from horse drawn cabs to motor cars.

Life was harder back then.

The family used a boiler in the backyard to clean their clothes and during the war relied on coupons to buy basic groceries.

Ethel still keeps active and cooks and cleans as well as spending time tending her garden at the Agnes St home she has lived in for the past 79 years.

Ethel credits her long life to her family’s genes.

Her mother lived till she was 98. However, despite her looming milestone Ethel said she felt no different.

“I’m no different to when I had my 80th birthday,” she said.

“I can’t understand what all the fuss is about because I’m ordinary.”

Ethel has three children – Graham, Desmond and Jocelyn, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was married to Les who passed away in 1977.

 

100 YEARS AGO:

The ancient Chinese Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries.

Compulsory military training came into force for boys aged 14 to 17 under the federal Defence Act.

The Mona Lisa, a famous portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, was stolen from the Louvre.



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