RAAFA Merriwa Estate resident celebrates reaching 100


Gerogie Higginbotham (centre) turns 100 years old today (9 Feb 2017). Here pictured with her daughters (L-R) Sylivia Thurston, Anne Dooris, Linda Higginbotham (front, black top) and Patty Page. Picture: Marie Nirme
Gerogie Higginbotham (centre) turns 100 years old today (9 Feb 2017). Here pictured with her daughters (L-R) Sylivia Thurston, Anne Dooris, Linda Higginbotham (front, black top) and Patty Page. Picture: Marie Nirme

TURNING 100 today, Georgina Higginbotham still lives independently in her own home at the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA)’s Merriwa Estate.

Mrs Higginbotham has a tip or two for others aiming to reach their first ‘century not out’.

She embodies the active aging lifestyle message, crediting her daily cycles on her stationary bicycle at home to helping her keep fit and healthy as she enters her 101st year.

“Anytime I go anywhere people are always surprised about my age,” she said.

“They ask me ‘what’s the secret?’ But I don’t really think there’s a secret; I’ve just been active all my life.

“I have a young mind, maybe that’s it.”

Born and raised in Ireland, she was seventh of 10 children, whose father had worked as an apprentice riveter building the Titanic in Belfast as a teenager.

Mrs Higginbotham moved to Australia in 1951, originally settling in the Blue Mountains with her family.

She loved ballroom dancing, Irish dancing, tenpin bowling, table tennis and even women’s football in her younger years.

She has remained very active in the RAAFA community since moving from Greenwood to Merriwa 12 years ago, enjoying regular games of bowls with the estate’s group of indoor bowlers.

One of her four daughters also lives on the estate, and she has eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

“Georgie is a fabulous example of positive active ageing – to still be living independently in her own home at the age of 100 is simply incredible,” estate manager Karen Huyton said.

Mrs Higginbotham started celebrations with a family lunch today, and will have a bigger party with extended family on Saturday.