Friends, fam­ily on hand for mile­stone birth­day

South Western Times - - News -

BUN­BURY res­i­dent Ny­ola Warnes cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on Fri­day at Regis Bun­bury, where she was joined by friends and fam­ily – some of which had trav­elled from Eng­land for the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

Mrs Warnes re­ceived a let­ter from Queen El­iz­a­beth, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, the Aus­tralian Gover­nor-Gen­eral Peter Cos­grove and For­rest MHR Nola Marino in recog­ni­tion of the mile­stone.

Born in Welling­ton, New Zealand, on Oc­to­ber 20, 1917, Mrs Warnes has lived through two world wars and moved to Bun­bury just four years ago.

As a young girl grow­ing up in the Great De­pres­sion, Mrs Warnes’ par­ents could not af­ford to send her to school.

In­stead, she be­came a tai­lor’s ap­pren­tice, which saw her forge a ca­reer as a haute cou­ture dress­maker who dressed New Zealand’s high so­ci­ety for spe­cial oc­ca­sions – in­clud­ing the daugh­ters of New Zealand’s gover­nor-gen­eral.

Mrs Warnes’ daugh­ter Geral­dine Peterkin re­mem­bers ac­com­pa­ny­ing her mother to fit­tings at “won­der­ful houses” and said she had in­spired her to pur­sue her own ca­reer in fine arts.

“She worked very hard up un­til she was 70 years old – I think that is what has helped her to live so long,” she said.

Mrs Warnes mar­ried her first hus­band Phillip Hol­lis on June 17, 1939, with whom she had two daugh­ters, Pam and Geral­dine, and was re­mar­ried in 1982 to John Warnes. Mrs Warnes also has four grand­chil­dren and three great­grand­chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Emily Ace

Ny­ola Warnes re­ceived a let­ter from Queen El­iz­a­beth in recog­ni­tion of her 100th birth­day, which she cel­e­brates along­side her daugh­ters Pam Peake, who trav­elled from Nor­folk, Eng­land, for the oc­ca­sion and Geral­dine Peterkin, of Bun­bury.

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