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Kingston celebrates its 30 centenarians

18 October 2019

A record number of Kingston residents over one hundred years old will been celebrated at a special luncheon

being held on 8 November.

Aged between 100 and 110, Kingston’s centenarians will gather at the Southern Golf Club in Keysborough to

share more than 3000 years of wisdom and celebrate their incredible milestones.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley and Junior Mayor Jack O’Connor will be on hand to cut the birthday cake and

hear some stories of the past.

Kingston’s most-senior Senior Citizen is 110-year-old Hiek Neang who came to Australia from Cambodia as a

young woman. Hiek has lived in Mordialloc for 13 years and says her move to Australia has allowed her to “live

the paradise life”. She has 6 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Hiek has plenty of advice to share: “Live in today, life is like a light it can be clicked off any time.”.

Celebrating with her at the 100 Years of Memories Luncheon will be two sisters, 104-year-old Ada Richardson

and her little sister Jean Proven, who turns 101 next year. Ada says her secret to a long life is “a good doctor”.

Lady Marjorie Colwill, 101, is an artist who has been an oil painter for her entire life. She has four children aged

from 68 to 77 years, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Marjorie’s artistic

talents were passed onto her daughter Jenni, who will share the celebrations with her mum.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said the event showcased the increasing number of Australians living long and

healthy lives.

“The most recent study in 2017 found Australia had more than 4400 people aged over 100 – and the number is

growing as we take care of and respect our senior citizens,” Cr Oxley said.

“The fact that we have so many residents in their early hundreds shows just what a wonderful place Kingston is

to live.”


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