Thornlands man Rusty McWilliam at party for people in their 100s

CENTENARIANS: Eileen “Mackie” Sutton, Thelma Sprott, Elma Tadman, Art McClure, Ivy Evans, Hazel Marsh, Russell “Rusty” McWilliam, Vera “Billie” Brown and Bert Drury. Photo: Supplied
CENTENARIANS: Eileen “Mackie” Sutton, Thelma Sprott, Elma Tadman, Art McClure, Ivy Evans, Hazel Marsh, Russell “Rusty” McWilliam, Vera “Billie” Brown and Bert Drury. Photo: Supplied

BIRTHDAY candles were in short supply when a group of nine south-east Queensland centenarians met up to celebrate life.

The party was held at Brisbane City Hall earlier this month for Bolton Clarke residents part of the aged care provider’s centenarian club.

Thornlands man Rusty McWilliam, 100, was in attendance.

Mr McWilliam spoke to Redland City Bulletin in September shortly after his 100th birthday, where he recounted his starring role in the capture of Tobruk in 1941.

Amazingly, more than 900 years of history was shared between the guests.

Elma Tadman from New Farm was the oldest person there, born in 1913.

The 105-year-old remembers playing golf alongside the likes of Greg Norman’s mother.

Eileen “Mackie” Sutton from Murrumba Downs turned 103-years-old earlier this month.

Ms Sutton was born in Derbyshire in England on October 6, 1915.

She returned to her music studies aged 50, later achieving a music teaching diploma and specialising in the Suzuki method of teaching for piano.

Proving age should never be a barrier, Ms Sutton travelled to Ireland for a music conference when she was aged 80.

A Bolton Clarke spokesperson said Ms Sutton, a gifted pianist, delighted living well into her 100s.

She had lived to prove prophecies from her family members wrong.

She was told by relatives back in England, when she had moved to Australia, that she would "never have old bones".

Bolton Clarke chairman Pat McIntosh said more than 20 centenarians from south-east Queensland were welcomed into the club this year.

“It is our privilege to support these people, whether they are living at home or in our residential or retirement communities,” he said.