A century of good living

Irene Newland celebrates her 100th birthday. d401442
Irene Newland celebrates her 100th birthday. d401442

Last week she celebrated her 100th birthday with a dinner party for 90 family and friends.

Born in Burma on May 21, 1913, she met and married her husband Samuel Newland in Mogok in Burma at the age of 17.

After living through the war years, the Newlands moved to the forests of Burma working for the Forestry Commission before moving to WA and setting up a farm.

According to her family, Ms Newland has maintained a busy schedule over her years, which included yoga or some form of exercise every day.

‘Even now at the nursing home she wakes up every morning and walks around the complex,’ her daughter Diana Irwin said.

After her husband died in 1961, Ms Newland continued to live in Gosnells until 2012, when she moved into the Carinya Nursing Home, aged 99.

She has seven children, 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.