Agnes and her many sto­ries

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

AGNES Mary Cook has lived through two world wars, once wit­nessed a plane crash on her farm in Biggen­den and sur­vived a cy­clone in 1917.

Mrs Cook, who cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on Mon­day, said she has enough sto­ries to fill a paper.

“You wouldn’t have enough pages for the sto­ries I could tell,” she joked.

Dur­ing her 100 years, Mrs Cook has seen many parts of Aus­tralia.

Mrs Cook was born in Mary­bor­ough in 1914 and re­turned to the area 25 years ago.

While she spends much of her time do­ing needle­work, Mrs Cook will cel­e­brate her birth­day among friends and fam­ily which in­clude her four chil­dren, 11 grand­chil­dren, 28 great-grand­chil­dren and 13 great-great-grand­chil­dren.

Mrs Cook said the key to a long life is not to drink or smoke and to live a nat­u­ral, in­no­cent life like they did in the old days.

“I re­mem­ber my grand­mother used to say, ‘I don’t know what the young gen­er­a­tion are com­ing to’,” she said.

“Now I find I’m say­ing the same thing.”

PHOTO: ALISTAIR BRIGHT­MAN

CENTURY ON: Agnes Mary Cook cel­e­brates her 100th birth­day. Pic­tured with a photo of her­self when she was eight months old.

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