Kruger is still sharp at 109

The Western Star - - LIFE -

DEX­TER Kruger of Roma is Aus­tralia’s old­est man, and he cel­e­brated his 109th birth­day on Sun­day, sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends.

While Mr Kruger would have been con­tent with a quiet day at the Pi­na­roo Aged Care Fa­cil­ity, four gen­er­a­tions of his fam­ily made the big day special by throw­ing a party.

The ex­tended Kruger clan trav­elled from across Queens­land to be with Mr Kruger on his birth­day, and the party also caught in­ter­est from tele­vi­sion crews, who came out from Toowoomba for the oc­ca­sion.

As well as cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day, Mr Kruger marked the re­lease of his twelfth book, telling sto­ries from his life across ru­ral Queens­land.

“I’ve lived in Roma for nearly 29 years, but have been con­nected to Roma for al­most 32 years,” he said.

“We did live at Nanango, and I was born and raised in Kil­coy.

“It is a lovely place but it was too small.

After a life spent on the land, Mr Kruger once at­trib­uted his long life to the coun­try air, and still likes to visit the Roma Sa­le­yards.

PHO­TOS: JORJA MC­DON­NELL

PARTY TIME: Dex­ter Kruger blows out the can­dles on his 109th birth­day cake.

Matthew Rowl­ings plays the pi­ano for Dex­ter Kruger and his party guests.

Kevin Kruger takes Charly Den­ton for a twirl.

Gor­don, Janet, Jes­sica and Matthew Rowl­ings wished Dex­ter Kruger a happy birth­day.

Gary Kruger, son of Dex­ter Kruger, de­lighted party-go­ers with his mu­si­cal tal­ents.

Adrian, Ross and Kevin Kruger.

Natalie Golder, David Bow­den and Tyson Golder.

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