103 birthdays for Athol

Over a cen­tury of spe­cial days for a very spe­cial man

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST - Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­iou@chin­chillanews.com.au

NOT many peo­ple can lay claim to a life­time ex­ceed­ing a cen­tury.

But on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7, vet­eran Athol Greaves turned 103 and could do just that.

“It’s not very of­ten we have a man float­ing around who is over 103 years,” Chinchilla RSL Sub-Branch pres­i­dent Bill Belcher re­marked to a gath­er­ing of Athol’s friends and fam­ily.

Meet­ing over morn­ing tea, they gath­ered to mark the spe­cial day and look back on an ex­tra­or­di­nary life.

A life that be­gan in 1915 when Athol was born in Mount Perry to fa­ther John and mother Nel­lie.

He and his sib­lings Valen­tine, Kevin, Joyce and Irene grew up on a vast cat­tle sta­tion in the Up­per Bur­nett Re­gion.

Al­though schooled by his mother Nel­lie, Athol could more of­ten be found on horse­back, help­ing with the mus­ter­ing and stock work.

This life-long com­mit­ment to pos­i­tiv­ity was on full dis­play in Athol’s eyes at the morn­ing tea cel­e­bra­tions.

“I’m feel­ing good to­day,” Athol said hap­pily as he munched on some cake.

PHOTO: AMANI VAS­SIL­IOU

POS­I­TIVE: Athol Greaves, 103.

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