Beth celebrates 100 years

Havilah Hostel resident Beth Sewell, pictured left in her army nurses uniform; and pictured right celebrating her 100th birthday this week.

One very special Havilah Hostel resident celebrated her milestone centenary birthday earlier this week.

Former Carisbrook resident and WWII nurse Beth Sewell celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday with family, friends and Havilah staff, much to her own surprise and enjoyment.

“It’s not every day that one turns 100, and to be honest, there have been times that I didn’t think I would make it so there you go,” she said.

To mark the day, Beth received a letter from the queen, governor general, prime minister and deputy prime minister as well as flowers and gifts from Maryborough RSL and Returned Nurses Club at Anzac House.

Reflecting and looking back on her life, Beth said it’s had its ups and downs.

“Looking back at my life there’s been a lot of joy and of course a good sprinkling of sadness,” she said.

Beth may be enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle now but her life has been far from a quiet one.

Born in 1919 and growing up in St Arnaud, Beth eventually left the country life and began a career as a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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