‘Luck’ gets Len to 100 years young

Cen­te­nar­ian can still read the news­pa­per with­out glasses

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

IN 1914, the First­World­War had ex­ploded into the most dread­ful in­ter­na­tional con­flict in his­tory, but many thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away in a Rock­hamp­ton ma­ter­nity home a baby was born.

The baby’s name was Len Tucker.

One hun­dred years later, on June 7, 2014, with fam­ily and friends and amidst an avalanche of con­grat­u­la­tory cards and best wishes from the Queen, Prime Min­is­ter and Pre­mier, Mr Tucker cel­e­brated his hun­dredth birth­day.

His par­ents ran a property at Shoal­wa­ter Bay and he at­tended board­ing school at Rock­hamp­ton Gram­mar.

In 1929, the early years of the great de­pres­sion, he found work 40 miles west of Nebo as a stockman.

Len Tucker My hear­ing is good and I can still read the paper with­out glasses.

Af­ter many years of sta­tion work, drov­ing and bush life, Mr Tucker met Jean Hamil­ton and was mar­ried in 1946.

She had served four years in the air force and they re­turned to Eidsvold to work on Rock­y­bar.

Through good man­age­ment, hard work and fam­ily sup­port, by 1959 they had saved enough to buy Carinya, their cat­tle property and the fam­ily home for the rest of their mar­ried lives.

The cou­ple raised three sons, Jim, Peter and Glen, and Len de­scribed his sons’ wives as close and as dear to him as if they were his own daugh­ters.

Mr Tucker speaks with pride of his grand­chil­dren and the close­ness of his fam­ily.

As a bush philoso­pher, Mr Tucker is quick with ad­vice and he is vividly aware of cur­rent events as well as the trau­matic years of hard­ship, world de­pres­sion and world wars.

This is tem­pered by a la­conic wit, sharp mind and his down to earth sin­cere friend­ships within his com­mu­nity no mat­ter what rank, pro­fes­sion or sta­tus they may be.

“One hun­dred years is noth­ing to me, but the people who helped me get here are the ones who de­serve the cel­e­bra­tions,” Mr Tucker said.

“Ev­ery per­son needs some­one else, we can­not ex­ist on this planet on our own.

“I don’t know the Queen and I am sure she doesn’t know me, but she sent me a card.

“My hear­ing is good and I can still read the paper with­out glasses.”

When asked if he could ex­plain his longevity, he sim­ply put it down to “a lot of good luck”.


100 YEARS: Len Tucker with his birth­day card from the Queen.

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