Elsie ticksoff another year past the century with family

GO MUM: Elsie Morling (seated) celebrates her 102nd birthday with her five children (from left) Joan Crawford, Max, Gordon and Lindsay Morling and Kathleen Garner. Picture: Kelly Slater. ELSIE Morling can say she has survived a lot in her lifetime.

When she was born in 1910, Australia had just four million people and Sir Neil Lewis was the Premier of Tasmania.

She has seen first-hand both the world wars, the Vietnam War, the bombing of Darwin, Cyclone Tracy and Hurricane Katrina, to name a few.

Yesterday she celebrated her 102nd birthday at Meercroft with family and friends.

The sprightly 102-year-old never thought she would make 100, let alone another two years, and was surprised anyone had turned out for her birthday.

When asked if she felt 102, Mrs Morling quickly replied with a laugh “sometimes I do”.

Her five children, Kathleen, Joan, Max, Gordon and Lindsay, all turned out to wish their mother a happy birthday along with some of her 13 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.

Her daughter, Kathleen, said she believed her mother had lived so long because she was extremely active.

“When Mum was younger, she had the five kids to look after as well as a farm.

“She was a keen gardener and in her later years she was East Coast bowls champion six times.”

A big spread was put on for Mrs Morling as well as a beautiful cake.

Relative Brett Budgeon dropped in to perform a song for Mrs Morling’s birthday.

This article first appeared in 苏州半永久纹眉.

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