Birthday blessings for Arthur Rowcliffe

Arthur Rowcliffe still lives independently aged 106. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d442842
Arthur Rowcliffe still lives independently aged 106. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d442842

Mr Rowcliffe is one of WA�s oldest living people and said he was inundated with visits, cards and gifts from his family for his birthday.

�There were presents galore; I am very blessed and overwhelmed,� the Herne Hill resident said.

�It is all back to normal now. I have a clear week.�

Mr Rowcliffe sailed to Australia from England in 1911 at the age of two with his mother and was reunited with his father, who had migrated a year earlier.

He grew up in the timber mill towns of Wuraming and Pindalup before the family moved to WA�s South-West to farm.

In 1942 he married his sweetheart Christina Ann McKay and they had five sons � Arthur, Malcolm, Peter, Colin and David.

Mr Rowcliffe worked hard his entire life, dairy farming in Forest Grove for nearly 40 years, gardening at the University of WA and working as a leading hand at Karrakatta Cemetery.

He now lives independently, with some assistance from son David and Amana Living.

Mr Rowcliffe said he did not have any secrets to living a long life.

�I don�t have any secrets, but I have a family that has been no trouble,� he said.

�I�m not particular about going out but I do like to get around and I always have my Bible to read.�

Amana Living chief executive Ray Glickman said Mr Rowcliffe embodied his generation.

�He�s independent, stoic, hardworking and a gentleman in every sense of the word. It�s an honour to help Arthur to continue living at home,� he said.