ONE hundred years-of-age is a milestone celebrated by but a few and Agnes Knox made the most of her special day yesterday, surrounded by members of her extensive family.

Born in 1915, to Matilda and John Macfarlane, in Alma St, Gympie, Agnes had her fair share of hard knocks - and highlights - through the years.

Now residing in an aged care facility, Mrs Knox's older and younger brother are still living too. Joseph is 102 years old and Bill is 98 years old and both are also living in aged care homes.

Mrs Knox grew up on a dairy farm - Craiglea at Woolooga. Each school day, young Agnes had to make everyone's breakfast, the school lunches, ensure the fire was stoked and if there was time, she was expected to make her bed too.

Her brothers had to help with the morning milking of about 70 cows - by hand - and one of them usually had to catch the children's horses, ready for the ride to school.

They rode about four miles to school each day, first to Oakview then Woolooga.

Agnes married Walter Knox in 1937 and the couple had four children, Del now aged 78 years, Stanley and Graeme, both deceased and the baby, Bernice, who is a mere 73 years of age.

"My 'children' are aged from 55 upwards," Del laughed.

Today, Mrs Knox has nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and nine great, great grandchildren.

Bernice said her mother was well known in Woolooga and Tin Can Bay in earlier times. She was always a busy CWA member, and was instrumental in setting up the Tin Can Bay community library.

"I was a volunteer at the library for 27 years," Mrs Knox said.

In fact, she only gave it away when she moved into the retirement village in 2007. Walter, who had been a timber cutter as well as a dairy farmer until his retirement, died in 2008, not long after the couple moved into the village.

Mrs Knox has been both an indoor and outdoor bowler for most of her adult life, and was a gifted craftswoman in many disciplines, until her sight deteriorated.

And what did she think of turning 100?

"I'm old enough to do what I like now," she laughed.



Jenz Davidson


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