Leederville resident Nell Bentley turns 105

Nell Bentley at her 105th birthday party.
Nell Bentley at her 105th birthday party.

FRIENDS and family gathered today to help Nell Bentley celebrate her 105th birthday in Leederville.

Born on August 12, 1913, Rosewood Care Group’s oldest resident was treated to a morning tea with birthday cake and her son David in attendance.

Mrs Bentley moved into the facility three years ago, after living several years independently in Booragoon.

The centenarian was one of four children born to British migrants Edith Popplewell and real estate agent Arthur Thorogood, and lived in Victoria Park, Kalamunda and South Perth.

She said she was fond of growing up on a five acre block in the Hills.

“I lived there until I got married,” she said.

“It has grown since then.”

Mrs Bentley raised two children after her marriage ended and dedicated time to her family, gardening, charity work, sewing and golf.

“I used to love gardening; I was on a corner block and so I had plenty of space,” she said.

“I used to grow anything I could and I used to have people come and pinch the plants in plastic bags.”

As a golfer, one of her proudest achievements was scoring a hole-in-one in 1991, at the age of 78.

Mrs Bentley said she did not know the secret to her longevity, but put it down to leading a simple life “with no fuss”.

“I’ve had a good life,” she said.

Mrs Bentley has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.