Willagee: Kathleen celebrates 100th birthday at Braemar Presbyterian Care Cooinda

Kathleen Tredrea, centre, celebrates her 100th birthday with her daughter Jane Tredrea and her granddaughter Candice McDonald. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Kathleen Tredrea, centre, celebrates her 100th birthday with her daughter Jane Tredrea and her granddaughter Candice McDonald. Picture: Jon Hewson.

BRAEMAR Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda resident Kathleen Elizabeth Tredrea revealed natural remedies were the secret to her longevity as she turned 100 last week.

She was surrounded by family and friends who say the ex-corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II remains strong-willed and devoted to her family.

Mrs Tredrea puts her longevity down to never smoking, only drinking tea and coffee and shunning Western health care in favour of natural remedies.

She was born in Paddington, New South Wales after her maternal grandfather Edward Bogan arrived in Australia from Ireland.

Mr Bogan was born in Ireland in County Fermanagh in 1838 and came to Australia at aged 22 after training for the priesthood Maynooth College outside Dublin.

He came to Australia to visit family with the intention of returning to Ireland but he met his future wife Elizabeth McDonald and fell in love.

He was 12 months out from becoming ordained.

After moving to Perth with her family when she was around four years old, Mrs Tredrea completed her schooling at Perth Girls School on James Street and then went on to work for both the State and Federal governments.

According to her granddaughter Candice McDonald, Mrs Tredrea was a hugely independent woman, far ahead of her time, even purchasing her own house in the 1950s before she was married.

She went on to meet her future husband, Leonard, in the early 1960s while at work at ANA house on St George’s Terrace, from where he drove her home every day, and they were married on February 9, 1963.

They went on to have two children, Jane and Clyde and now have three grandchildren and one great grandchild.