NOT a sip of alcohol or a puff on a cigarette in his life may have helped Bentley resident Alby Chamberlain reach 100 on May 3.
Mr Chamberlain says he gets plenty of exercise having been a lawn bowler for 28 years and who still plays the game two or three times a week,
Born in Armadale, he left school at 14 in the middle of the Great Depression and worked on the family orchard and poultry farm for 12 years before joining the Royal Australian Army in 1942 during World War II.
“I was in the fifth anti-aircraft division in the transport section,” he said.
“I got transferred to Queensland and I went to the jungle school at Canungra which was the last training school before you were sent overseas to fight. I nearly got through the course when peace was declared.
“I was very fortunate.”
During the war years, he married his wife Gwen and after the war, started working at BP Australia in North Fremantle.
“I started at the drum platform handling the drums and learning the products. And then I started driving the tankers. I stayed with BP for 21 years until I was 60. In those days they put you off when you were 60. They reckoned you weren’t healthy enough or able to continue driving past that age.”
To make his milestone birthday Mr Chamberlain received a card from Queen Elizabeth II and celebrated the occasion with family and friends at Juniper Rowethorpe retirement community.
He said a key life lesson was to apply common sense to problems and to make your own decisions about what to do.
“I don’t like to be pushed to do things. If people try to push you to do something or go somewhere, well I make up my own mind.”