Mem­o­ries are good

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BELMONT res­i­dent Christina Rogers has some sim­ple ad­vice for liv­ing a long life: it’s all about do­ing the things you want to do when you want to do them, and having a beer or two.

“That might have pre­served my body a bit,” Christina said.

Born in 1917 in Cess­nock, NSW, Mrs Rogers will be having a gath­er­ing with all her fam­ily and friends at the Belmont RSL on April 8 to cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day.

Mrs Rogers is the youngest of 10 chil­dren and grew up with her si­b­lings and fa­ther in coun­try NSW af­ter her mother died in child­birth.

She came to WA in Novem­ber 1939 by train – five trains, to be pre­cise, as the rail gauges were all dif­fer­ent at the time.

Mrs Rogers took on a po­si­tion as a cook at the Har­vey Hos­pi­tal af­ter spot­ting it in the news­pa­per.

It was in Har­vey that she met her hus­band Al­bert, who worked as a lines­man for the Post­mas­ter-Gen­eral, and the pair mar­ried in April 1942.

They had two sons, Alan and Gre­gory.

Mrs Rogers said she had a lot of good mem­o­ries from her 100 years – from friends made in Har­vey in 1953, who she is still in con­tact with, to play­ing ten­nis, net­ball, teach­ing her­self dress­mak­ing, and dab­bling in cake dec­o­rat­ing and millinery.

She took up jig­saw puz­zles in her later years and joined the Belmont RSL in 1991, get­ting in­volved with the women’s aux­il­iary.

Mrs Rogers is set to cel­e­brate her cen­te­nary in style.

Great-nieces and neph­ews, her sons and their fam­i­lies, and a cav­al­cade of friends will join her for her mile­stone birth­day party, with at­ten­dees fly­ing in from across the coun­try.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Christina Rogers has had a full, sat­is­fy­ing life. d466769

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