Bright man cel­e­brates mile­stone birthday

Myrtleford Times - - News - By STRUAN JO N ES

FAM­ILY and friends gath­ered at a home on the out­skirts of Bright at the week­end to cel­e­brate a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion, a 100th birthday.

Giuseppe Paola is from a small town in the south of Italy called Con­fleti, he mi­grated to Aus­tralia in 1951, and on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, turned 100 years old.

The cel­e­bra­tion was held at Giuseppe’s son’s house next door, and Mr Paola marked the oc­ca­sion sur­rounded by fam­ily mem­bers and friends from the re­gion.

Mr Paola first moved to Aus­tralia for work, leav­ing be­hind a coun­try strug­gling to re­cover from the war, and also leav­ing be­hind his wife and young fam­ily, with the in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing af­ter a few years.

But he soon re­alised that life in Aus­tralia wasn’t too bad, so in 1955 he sent for his fam­ily and they joined him in the new coun­try.

Mr Paola orig­i­nally worked for the SEC in Drouin, but moved to the North East to work in tobacco share farm­ing in Mount Beauty and Mark­wood, as well as in the Bruck tex­tile mills in Wan­garatta.

In 1967 he bought his cur­rent 114-acre prop­erty in Bright.

Back then there was an old house on the prop­erty, so he built a new house next to it and lived there with his wife and chil­dren.

The orig­i­nal old house is still there, half of it any­way, and Mr Paola has been pre­vented from pulling the rest of it down be­cause of its her­itage value.

Out the back there is a gar­den where he grows toma­toes, cap­sicums, egg­plants, beans, cu­cum­bers, corn, and pota­toes.

“He never stands still and I put his longevity down to that,” Tony, Mr Paola’s son, said.

“He’s al­ways on the move and do­ing some­thing, and that’s what keeps him young, even at 100 he’s keen to get out into the gar­den.”

Mr Paola gets mov­ing be­yond the gar­den, too, and he main­tains a reg­u­lar so­cial cal­en­dar, go­ing to Myrtle­ford once a week to meet with friends, and he’s a mem­ber of the Savoy Club.

Apart from stay­ing ac­tive and busy, Mr Paola puts his longevity down to eat­ing a lot of or­ganic food from his gar­den and the oc­ca­sional glass of wine or beer.

“He’s had a good life, he’s got his fam­ily and friends around him, he’s still ac­tive, and that’s what he’s happy about,” Tony said.

Be­fore leav­ing his home the Alpine Observer promised to come back next year to write an­other story for his 101st birthday.

Mr Paola laughed and agreed, say­ing “I’m not sure, you never know what can hap­pen, but we’ll see.”

PHOTO:Struan Jones

FAM ILY:Giuseppe Paola and his son Tony in frontofthe fam ily hom e in Bright.Giuseppe turned 100 years old on M on­day,Oc­to­ber29.

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