Seymour resident turns 100 in style.CHALPAT SONTI May 8, 2014 3:42am
A quite common feature of people turning 100 is that they look and act much younger, and that is certainly the case with Daphne Burge.
The Seymour resident brought up the milestone on Friday, and even if she wouldn’t say so herself, she has led an eventful life. And she’s still full of life and spirit.
‘‘I’m not the sort of person that wants a fuss but this has come and I’ve had to put up with it,’’ she said.
The ‘‘fuss’’ included cards from the Queen, Prime Minister and local members of parliament, a celebration at Seymour District Memorial Hospital’s planned activities group and an afternoon tea party at the senior citizens hall on Sunday.
‘‘If I had known this was all happening I wouldn’t have had it. Why make a fuss over a person this age?’’
Mrs Burge’s most remarkable achievement is possibly that she still lives at home and is fiercely independent. A pet bird ‘‘Burgey’’ keeps her company.
‘‘I still like to do things for myself,’’ she said.
‘‘I won’t give up living at home. They’ll have to drag me out. Why not stay at home as long as you can, I feel all right.’’
The day before she turned 100 there was the celebration at the planned activities group, something that meant much to Mrs Burge.
She and late husband Terry started going to the Day Centre, as it was known, in 1983 as volunteers. Mrs Burge took some time off after her husband died in 1999 and then returned to the group as a client — she still goes three times a week.
‘‘That’s part of my life and they are like family,’’ she said.
‘‘Going down there means more to me than anything. I started off working among the oldies and then became one myself.’’
Mr and Mrs Burge moved to Seymour in 1981. She was born a premature twin (just 1.36
They were kept in boxes near a wood-fired stove to keep warm. When she was 11, her mother died, followed by her father seven years later. But not before an eventful trip to Queensland.
Mrs Burge helped her dad drive north in a Model T Ford to see an older sister who lived in the outback. It was rare for a woman, and especially one so young, to be driving, and there were no made roads and clumps of prickly pear everywhere.
The trip passed almost without incident, except for when her father tried to crank up the engine one day.
‘‘It backfired and sent him flying backwards into a prickly pear,’’ Mrs Burge said.
She got all the way home again without anything going wrong, until she got to her front gate, when she crashed into the strainer post.
‘‘Dad wasn’t very happy about that,’’ she said.
Mr and Mrs Burge had three children, two sons and a daughter and Mrs Burge now has eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and is well and truly settled in Seymour.
‘‘I’m very happy in Seymour, I suppose that’s why I’ve lived a long while,’’ she said.
‘‘There are no other secrets (to longevity), I’ve got a good family, that’s what I can say, and I work on that too .
Mooroopna Park Primary School principal Hayden Beaton has wasted no time improved his former school's student numbers.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Echuca branch of the Ulysses Club is carrying out its annual toy run on November 29.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
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.