Kyabram resident Queenie Dixon turned 100 on February 17.February 27, 2013 4:42am
Kyabram Croquet Club held a special party last week to celebrate life member and former club secretary Queenie Dixon's 100th birthday.
Kyabram resident Queenie Dixon turned 100 on February 17 and when asked about her life she replied simply ‘‘It’s been a long journey’’.
Queenie was born in Nathalia in 1913 and lived on the Goulburn River at Kotupna.
She attended Kotupna State School and after leaving school remembers life was tough, with few opportunities, during the Great Depression of the 1930s and then World War II.
She lived with her parents on a dairy farm and worked on the farm, while her father also worked as a channel maker.
Dancing was a very popular way to socialise at the time and Queenie enjoyed attending dances at Wyuna Hall as well as card parties and playing tennis in the Nathalia Tennis Association.
She moved to Kyabram in 1966 and got a job at the hospital where she was later put in charge of the domestic staff.
‘‘I enjoyed working at the hospital, there was a really good atmosphere among the staff,’’ she said.
While working at the hospital she met Mavis Maxwell, who volunteered when the hospital needed a cook, and they have remained close friends ever since.
Queenie had four children, Trevor, who died last year, Colin, Murray, who lives in Kyabram, and Lois.
She has lived at Warramunda Village for more than 20 years and still lives independently.
‘‘I’ve been very happy here and all the people have been marvellous,’’ she said.
Queenie was a keen croquet player for many years and is a life member of Kyabram Croquet Club, where she was club secretary from 1980 to 1993.
She only took up the game in her sixties but was still playing socially when well into her nineties.
‘‘I got interested in croquet after I retired from the hospital,’’ she said.
‘‘A neighbour, Mrs Fegan, was responsible for getting me into it and she also gave me my first mallet.’’
The club held a special birthday celebration in her honour last week and representatives from other clubs including Rich River, Shepparton, Numurkah and Mooroopna all attended.
Queenie is also a long-time member of Kyabram Senior Citizens Club and enjoys playing cards, bingo and good company at the club.
One person has died following a fatal car accident at the intersection of Ford and Grahamvale Rds this morning.
UPDATE: NSW Police have confirmed the body of a Warrnambool woman, 61, who went missing in the Murray River yesterday has been found.
Mark Pacitti was in Tatura on Tuesday to talk about his book Dancing With The Black Dog, which addresses his personal issue with depression.
A Maryborough truck driver who stole a Royal Children's Hospital charity tin at an Echuca service station has received a wholly suspended jail sentence.
The district's handymen will soon have a new space in which to work and socialise.
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash at Wyuna yesterday morning.
Canoe polo only made its debut on Lake Nagambie at the weekend - but it could be the venue for the sport's biggest event in 2018.
A man was due to appear in court today of numerous charges, including firing a firearm in a public place.
Police are investigating an accident at Burramboot on the Heathcote-Rochester Rd in which four people were killed last night.
Huge crowds turn out at Cobram for thrills and spills of novel motorsport.
Teenager Rowan Smith took his amateur record to 1-1 after a unanimous points decision on Saturday night.
The fruit industry is becoming weary of being told of huge opportunities in markets in Asia by Australian governments which cannot negotiate free trade agreements to get access.
The plight of Australian prisoners of war will be commemorated next week at a special screening of the powerful film The Railway Man.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.