Midland resident Edna Jones celebrates her 100th birthday

Edna Jones celebrating her 100th birthday with a surprise visit from Swan Mayor David Lucas.
Edna Jones celebrating her 100th birthday with a surprise visit from Swan Mayor David Lucas.

MIDLAND resident Edna Jones celebrated her milestone 100th birthday on January 9 with family and friends.

Born in 1919, the centenarian lived with her family in Wanneroo before settling in the Swan Valley in 1923.

When she was 17 Edna met her husband-to-be in a road accident.

As she rode her bicycle along West Swan Road in the Swan Valley, Edna was knocked off by a motorcycle ridden by the late Geoffrey Jones.

This chance encounter led to a four-year long distance courtship, after which Edna and Geoffrey were married at All Saints Church in Henley Brook.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said it was amazing to hear Edna’s stories of life in the Swan Valley.

“It’s truly fascinating to hear the stories of those who have lived in the area for many years and have watched it transform and grow over time,” he said.

“Edna’s great-grandfather James Cockman travelled to Australia from England on one of the first ships to arrive in WA in 1829.

“Mrs Jones has a wonderful memory and was able to share stories of her childhood and living in West Swan, when Great Northern Highway was all but a dirt road.”

Mrs Jones said was pleased to still live in her own home with assistance from the City of Swan’s Community Care Services.

She said she used the City’s transport service for shopping for many years, where she made friends with other local ladies who looked forward to a shared shopping trip each week.

“This was our outing and opportunity to socialise with friends; the volunteer drivers made us all laugh and helped carry the groceries inside for us,” she said.

“One of the CCS support workers has been visiting and helping me since 2013 and in that time we’ve gotten to know each other and enjoy many friendly conversations.

“When the support worker is here I keep my independence and feel more confident that I’m not likely to risk a fall.”