Active Georgina hits 100
AT 100 years old, Georgina Higginbotham still lives independently in her own home at the Royal Australian Air Force Association’s (RAAFA) Merriwa Estate.
Celebrating her birthday on February 9, Mrs Higginbotham has a tip or two for others aiming to reach their first “century not out”.
She embodies the active aging lifestyle message, crediting her daily cycles on her stationary bicycle at home to helping her keep fit and healthy as she enters her 101st year.
“Any time I go anywhere people are always surprised about my age,” she said.
“They ask me: ‘what’s the secret?’ But I don’t really think there’s a secret; I’ve just been active all my life. I have a young mind, maybe that’s it.”
Born and raised in Ireland, she was seventh of 10 children, whose father had worked as an apprentice riveter building the Titanic in Belfast as a teenager.
Mrs Higginbotham moved to Australia in 1951, originally settling in the Blue Mountains with her family.
She has remained very active in the RAAFA community since moving from Greenwood to Merriwa 12 years ago, enjoying regular games of bowls with the estate’s group of indoor bowlers. One of her four daughters also lives on the estate, and she has eight grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren and three greatgreat-grandchildren.
Gerogie Higginbotham with daughters Sylivia Thurston, Anne Dooris, Linda Higginbotham and Patty Page.