‘Luck’ gets Len to 100 years young
Centenarian can still read the newspaper without glasses
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.