Melville’s Dolly celebrates her 104th birthday

'Dolly' Stonham celebrates her 104th birthday today.
'Dolly' Stonham celebrates her 104th birthday today.

EDITH Lillian Orontnes Stonham celebrates her 104th birthday with close friends at Melville Aged Care today.

Born on Hay Street in Perth on August 8, 1913 “Dolly” Stonham took the middle-name Orontnes from the name of the ship her father used to serve on as a seaman travelling between New Zealand and England.

She spent her early years in Dalkeith and attended Claremont Primary School but following World War II moved to Melville with her family, where has remained all her life.

She met eventual husband Mick Stonham as a child, the pair living on the same street and regularly going camping, sailing and crabbing along with their respective families.

Dolly and Mick were married in 1945 and although they never had children, Dolly is the great aunt to two kids she remains very close too through her nephew Peter.

Dolly worked in a cinema in Claremont in her younger years before later moving on to hardware shop W. Drabbles.

She and Mick enjoyed traveling and spent time in England and Europe, was well as a trip around Queensland in a caravan.

Dolly moved into Melville Aged Care four years ago when she was 100.