Arthur turns his li­cense in as he hits 100

Biggenden res­i­dent en­joys the quiet life

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50 LIFE - Er­ica Mur­ree er­ica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ER­ICA MUR­REE

100 NOT OUT: Biggenden's Arthur Mar­shall has de­cided not to re­new his driver's li­cense af­ter turn­ing 100 last week.

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