Mildura Weekly : Friday November 28 2014 Vol 9 No 4
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 By ADAM LUITJES A LETTER from Queen Elizabeth capped off a big day of birthday celebrations for cente- narian Evelyn Dickson at Merbein’s Chaffey Aged Care on Tuesday. The mother of four, grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 27 and great-great- grandmother of one enjoyed the special occasion surrounded by close family and friends. Along with a sing- a-long and birthday cake, Deputy Mildura Mayor John Arnold was on hand to wish the long-time Geelong Cats supporter a hap- py birthday. “She’s in awe of the whole thing,” Evelyn’s daughter-in-law Roz Dickson said. “She can’t believe all this fuss has been made for her. She told some- one coming down to the party that she only feels 90 today!” The sixth child of Robert Carr and Eu- phemia Dunn, Evelyn was born in the West- ern District town of Werneth. As a nine-year-old, Evelyn lost her mother to pneumonia and took over the role of mother to her younger sister, and housekeep- er for her father. “From that age she has always looked af- ter people,” Roz said. “She went to live in Geelong to be near her older sister at 90, because she wanted to look after her!” Living around the corner from the Gee- long Football Club, Evelyn regularly at- tended training ses- sions, and regards Gary Ablett and Gary Ablett Jnr as her favou- rite players. She moved to Sun- raysia last August to be closer to son John and his family. A non-drinker her whole life, Roz puts down Evelyn’s longev- ity to hard work and living an active life- style. “She walks ev- erywhere,” Roz said. “When she first came here they told her to slow down with her walker, because she was too fast! “She’s got a lovely sense of humour. She comes out with these one-liners all the time, she’s a pretty special person.” The celebrations continue for Evelyn tomorrow with a par- ty at Mildura Settlers Cricket Club, with 100 people travelling from as far as Sydney, Gee- long and Melbourne for the occasion. Evelyn celebrates 100th birthday in style HAVING a smoke alarm in your home is one thing - making sure it works properly is another matter entirely. Researchers have found that Victo- ria is Australia’s worst State for smoke alarm compliance, despite the alarms being mandatory in all homes. Smoke Alarms Australia data sug- gests that as many as one in two homes don’t have a working smoke alarm, and the number of properties with defective or absent alarms is in- creasing. SAA has carried out inspections of more than 140,000 homes in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT and West Australia since 2010, checking 259,000 smoke alarms. Data shows that 52.7 percent of Victorian properties had at least one non-working smoke alarm four years ago, but this had risen to 63.5 percent this year. SAA manager Troy Thompson said the statistics are worrying, suggest- ing that home owners are unaware of smoke alarm legislation in their State, or that alarms expire after 10 years. • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!: Evelyn Dickson celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday surrounded by family and friends, including granddaughter Vicki Telfer, LEFT, and great- granddaughter Narissa Telfer. Be alarmed...where there’s smoke, there’s fire!
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