Watch video of Ciaran Foley interviewing resident, Olive Hunter, as she celebrates her 100th birthday.
We celebrated Olive Hunter on 10 December 2019 on her 100th Birthday. I had the privilege of interviewing Olive in the morning just after her breakfast with other residents. An amazing 100 years unfolded of growing up in Country Australia and her first job working on her family’s dairy farm. A life of good communities, people helping each other and exchanging food and goods as there wasn’t much money about. “No-one had money” said Olive. But she described that “It was a good life”. Olive married Robert who worked as a Principal at St George TAFE. This afforded both Olive and Robert opportunities thorough his work to travel around Europe which Olive said she enjoyed greatly. They had 2 children, a daughter Robyn and a son Graeme and 5 grandchildren.
‘Eat well, play sport’
An accomplished tennis player, Olive won many competitions. She said she could have gone on to a higher level but described that her father at the time did not wish her to be travelling around the country as a young woman on her own. Who knows, Olive could have been a forerunner of another tennis great, Margaret Court? Her advice on reaching 100 years and what she might say to a room of young people, “Eat well, play sport”. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Honourable Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, MP for Wakehurst and Ms Zali Steggalll, Federal MP for Warringah all sent their kind wishes to Olive on her very special day. Happy Birthday Olive and Congratulations from us all at Allambie Heights Village Ltd.