Clean liv­ing adds up to 100 years

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Com­ment - Emma Geary

NOT a sip of al­co­hol or a puff on a cig­a­rette in his life may have helped Bent­ley res­i­dent Alby Chamberlain reach 100 on May 3.

Mr Chamberlain says he gets plenty of ex­er­cise hav­ing been a lawn bowler for 28 years and who still plays the game two or three times a week,

Born in Ar­madale, he left school at 14 in the mid­dle of the Great De­pres­sion and worked on the fam­ily or­chard and poul­try farm for 12 years be­fore join­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Army in 1942 dur­ing World War II.

“I was in the fifth anti-air­craft divi­sion in the trans­port sec­tion,” he said.

“I got trans­ferred to Queens­land and I went to the jun­gle school at Ca­nun­gra which was the last train­ing school be­fore you were sent over­seas to fight. I nearly got through the course when peace was de­clared. “I was very for­tu­nate.” Dur­ing the war years, he mar­ried his wife Gwen and af­ter the war, started work­ing at BP Aus­tralia in North Fre­man­tle.

“I started at the drum plat­form han­dling the drums and learn­ing the prod­ucts. And then I started driv­ing the tankers. I stayed with BP for 21 years un­til I was 60. In those days they put you off when you were 60. They reck­oned you weren’t healthy enough or able to con­tinue driv­ing past that age.”

To make his mile­stone birth­day Mr Chamberlain re­ceived a card from Queen El­iz­a­beth II and cel­e­brated the oc­ca­sion with fam­ily and friends at Ju­niper Rowethorpe re­tire­ment community.

He said a key life les­son was to ap­ply com­mon sense to prob­lems and to make your own de­ci­sions about what to do.

“I don’t like to be pushed to do things. If peo­ple try to push you to do some­thing or go some­where, well I make up my own mind.”

No al­co­hol, no cig­a­rettes... Alby Chamberlain cel­e­brates his 100th birth­day.

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