ON SATUR­DAY Ella Tomkin­son turned 91 and cel­e­brated by hav­ing lunch with some of her friends at the Tin Shed.

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Mrs Tomkin­son was born in North Ade­laide and was also the may­oress for six years. She moved to Port Dou­glas 18 years ago and says she just loves it.

“I just adore it here and I have made many good friends and we can get to­gether and share our in­ter­ests,” Mrs Tomkin­son said.

A dress and pat­tern maker, Ms Tomkin­son ran her own busi­ness up un­til her re­tire­ment at the age of 74 and dur­ing that time she made dresses for many dif­fer­ent peo­ple in­clud­ing the wife of Ade­laide’s Gov­er­nor.

Asked what she liked best to make, she said the long evening-wear gloves.

“These were just fab­u­lous to make, the ma­te­rial was very soft and ex­otic and they looked very glam­orous on all the ladies,” Mrs Tomkin­son said.

“They used to take me two days to make but it was worth it be­cause they re­ally did look stun­ning.”

Mrs Tomkin­son said that she was also very for­tu­nate to be able to travel the world and to mar­vel at the many won­der­ful places on the planet such as Egypt, Morocco, Tu­nisia, China and In­dia to name but a few. And what was her favourite coun­try? “It was In­dia,” she said. “Oh, what a mag­nif­i­cent place, it was just a won­der­ous mix of hu­man­ity and build­ings and coun­try­side as well as the in­cred­i­ble amount of colour and vi­brancy.”

Dur­ing the years, Mrs Tomkin­son has also been a painter and com­pleted many won­der­ful pic­tures but these days she takes things a lit­tle more slowly and says that play­ing Scrab­ble is now her favourite pas­time and hobby.

“I re­cently scored 369 in a game,” she said.

“And I’ve still got my driver’s li­cence.”

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

Still go­ing strong:

Ella Tomkin­son

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