Arthur turns his license in as he hits 100
Biggenden resident enjoys the quiet life
BIGGENDEN’S latest centurion, Arthur Marshall, still gardens and mows his lawn with a push or ride on mower.
Arthur was born in Deepwater, near Tenterfield in New South Wales, and came to Bluffview Rd on the outskirts of Biggenden in 1986.
He has had a few moves during the past 30 years and has now settled into his Alice St home, situated opposite the Biggenden MPHS.
Wife of 11 years, Letty, said the pair had a good life and great neighbours.
“Arthur has always had a good sense of humour,” she said.
“We share lots of laughs. “We’re content which is more important than being rich.”
When asked what his recipe was for a long life, Arthur said he ate plenty of fat and salt.
“All the things you shouldn’t,” he said.
“All done me good.” Arthur doesn’t have high blood pressure but has had a pacemaker for about 10 years.
❝ Arthur has always had a good sense of humour. We share lots of laughs. We’re content which is more important than being rich.
— Letty Marshall
On Friday he received a good report from his Bundaberg heart specialist.
Mrs Marshall said they even made an appointment for 12 months’ time.
Arthur still reads without glasses but the hearing is a bit of a problem
“I am in good health except when I fall over,” he said.
He has had a couple of tumbles which meant a hospital visit.
Arthur had the paperwork to renew his licence but decided not to.
Mrs Marshall said Arthur was a good driver.
“He can back the car out the garage better than me.
“Artie taught me everything about handling horses.”
Up from Brisbane for the birthday celebrations was Ian Newport who described Arthur, or Artie as he calls him, as his mentor.
“We go back 40 years,” he said.
Many years ago Ian worked in the Gayndah ANZ Bank, and is a lifetime member of the Biggenden RSL Sub-Branch, which is how they met.
A private in the Army, Arthur was in New Guinea and Tarakan in Borneo where he was a cook.
Arthur said in New Guinea he was asked if he could cook.
“I told them I could boil water,” he said.
“When I went to Tarakan it was for a gun crew of 15.”
Arthur said everything was out of a tin.
“It wasn’t until the war was over there was fresh food,” he said.
Arthur has never marched on Anzac Day but preferred to help the ladies in the kitchen with the washing up.
“I don’t agree with glorifying war,” he said.
100 NOT OUT: Biggenden's Arthur Marshall has decided not to renew his driver's license after turning 100 last week.