Beryl Bulman with her grandchildren Coby, Marli and Piper Bailey and other members of the Bulman family. Beryl is a grandmother and great-grandmother to 63 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Beryl Bulman with her grandchildren Coby, Marli and Piper Bailey and other members of the Bulman family. Beryl is a grandmother and great-grandmother to 63 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Allan Reinikka

Gran's grand clan

WITH 63 grandchildren and great-grandchildren combined, you’d wonder where Beryl Bulman would find the time to scratch herself.

But the loving 83-year-old, of Schmidt Street, North Rockhampton, said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Even though raising eight children in her era was difficult, it would be a lot harder today with the cost of living so high.

“It was very hard but we made ends meet and I enjoyed it better than I would now because I know it is very expensive to afford things for families now,” Mrs Bulman said.

With the 30th great-grandchild welcomed to the large family in March, she said times had changed.

“In those days you weren’t ashamed to say you couldn’t afford something, whereas now you have to have it even if you can’t afford it, just to fit in,” she said.

However, Mrs Bulman said choosing Rocky to raise the kids was a great choice.

“Rockhampton was the best place to live and to raise my children,” she said.

Although being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother would seem like an mammoth job, Mrs Bulman said she’s blessed to have a family that gets along.

“I feel very lucky, and we still get together regularly and Christmas can get very big,” Mrs Bulman said.



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