Ac­tive Ge­orgina hits 100

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion -

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.

Picture: Marie Nirme d465254

Gero­gie Hig­gin­botham with daugh­ters Sylivia Thurston, Anne Dooris, Linda Hig­gin­botham and Patty Page.

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