Life well lived

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

A race to hospi­tal in a baker’s van on an au­tumn day in 1919 marked the early ar­rival of Verna McAul­lay, who this week reached her 100th birth­day.

Born Les­ley Clare McAul­lay in Vic­to­ria Park, she has lived through events that many of us have only heard or read about.

Mov­ing around coun­try West­ern Aus­tralia for her fa­ther’s work, Ms McAul­lay lived in towns such as York and Quairad­ing.

She was a shop as­sis­tant and later joined the State Hous­ing Com­mis­sion, spend­ing 25 years there un­der­tak­ing cler­i­cal work.

She reached her cen­te­nary on Mon­day, cel­e­brat­ing the oc­ca­sion at the Shoal­wa­ter Nurs­ing Home.

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