Ivy turns 100

Cen­te­nary: Horse­woman looks back on her long, healthy life

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

MUN­DUB­BERA res­i­dent Ivy McKin­lay cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on Tues­day.

Mrs McKin­lay be­gan her cel­e­bra­tions with a horse and car­riage ride around Mun­dub­bera.

This was fol­lowed by a morn­ing tea with fam­ily, friends and other pa­tients at the Mun­dub­bera Hospi­tal.

She said she did not know how she felt about

Carolyn Free: Ivy is the best mother and best friend any daugh­ter could ever have.

turn­ing 100.

“I haven’t had time yet to think about it,” she said.

“It’s been a good day so far, lovely to see all friends and re­la­tions.”

Born on July 12, 1916, Mrs McKin­lay (nee Mc’Innes) grew up in Byrnestown.

“Born and bred in the coun­try,” she said.

“I lived in an old house be­tween Byrnestown and Gooroolba.

“I lived in that house un­til I went to Bris­bane, I mar­ried in Bris­bane.”

Mrs McKin­lay grew up in a large fam­ily, she had five broth­ers and two sis­ters.

The broth­ers have all passed away.

She was a keen pi­anist, start­ing lessons when she was five years old and also a keen horse­woman, rid­ing in shows in the 1930s around the Bur­nett and Mary­bor­ough.

She mainly rode in hacks and jumps, win­ning many rib­bons.

She met Robert McKin­lay in Bris­bane when she was work­ing for the Women’s Na­tional Emer­gency League.

They mar­ried at the Ann St Pres­by­te­rian Church in 1945.

Their only child, Carolyn McKin­lay (now Free), was born in 1951.

“Ivy is the best mother and best friend any daugh­ter could ever have,” Mrs Free said.

Mrs McKin­lay’s grand­son Brett was born in 1970, her great-grand­son Luke was born in 1997 and great-grand­daugh­ter Jade was born in 2001.

Mrs McKin­lay moved back to Mun­dub­bera a num­ber of years af­ter Robert died in 1993.

Mrs McKin­lay said she was very happy to re­ceive a let­ter from Queen El­iz­a­beth con­grat­u­lat­ing her on reach­ing 100, though she did not know what the se­cret was to reach­ing that mile­stone.

“I had good health,” she sug­gests.

Mrs McKin­lay has lived in the aged-care fa­cil­ity in the Mun­dub­bera Hospi­tal for about eight years.

Mrs Free said Mrs McKin­lay is very thank­ful for the care she is given at the hospi­tal and for the friend­ships she has made with staff and other residents.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

LONG LIFE: Ivy McKin­lay cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on Tues­day.

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