Kruger is still sharp at 109
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.
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.