Cousins’ dou­ble cen­tury

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

NOEL Vir­gil (Boy) Sch­midt will have good rea­son to cel­e­brate as he turns 101 on July 24.

He is not the only fam­ily mem­ber to reach this grand age.

Noel’s cousin, Al­bert Wil­liam (Bill) Sch­midt, also turned 100 ear­lier this year.

Lo­cal his­to­rian Scott St­ed­man, who is re­lated to both men, was proud of his fam­ily tree and hoped he would make it to 100 him­self.

“My two cousins have 200 years of life ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween them,” Mr St­ed­man said.

Born in 1914, Noel and Bill (born 1915) both at­tended Doolbi State School in the early 1920s.

Noel has lived all his life in the Isis re­gion, as a cane farmer.

As for Bill, at the age of 25 he im­mi­grated to New Zealand.

He went on to serve in the New Zealand Army dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

He re­turned to Aus­tralia in 1986 to be re­united with Noel.

To­day, Noel re­sides at For­est View Hos­tel and Bill lives with his daugh­ter and son-in-law in Her­vey Bay.

His­to­rian Scott St­ed­man My two cousins have 200 years of life ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween them.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­UNION: Cousins Noel and Bill Sch­midt pon­der­ing more than 100 years on earth.

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