90 YEARS YOUNG: Gympie's Betty Allen cuts her 90th birthday cake.
90 YEARS YOUNG: Gympie's Betty Allen cuts her 90th birthday cake.

Family and friends help Betty mark 90 good years

BETTY Allen celebrated her recent 90th birthday with family and friends at Kingston House.

Born Elizabeth Skiller on April 23, 1927 in Brisbane to Fred and Emily Skiller, Betty was the youngest of three girls - Joyce, Elva and Betty - and had three brothers, Fred, Ron and Les

Betty grew up helping her mum run dairy farms located in Cooroy, Upper Kandanga and Goomong Pocket, Kandanga, and remembers going to local dances on the back of Bonnel's cream truck.

She was a nurse's aide at Cooroy Hospital for about a year and met her husband Clive Allen while he was a patient. The Second World War was finished and he had just arrived via boat from Japan after being a POW for 31/2 years, during which he contracted malaria.

Betty trained as a nurse at Gympie Hospital and was paid £2 per week. She married Clive at the old Baptist Church in Gympie, setting on the family farm at Allen Rd, Chastworth.

Clive, who passed away some years ago, and Betty have four children - Diane and Brian where born at the old Glandore Private Hospital in Nash St while Les and Darrel were born at Gympie General Hospital.

Three of Betty's children still live in the Gympie region and at least four generations of Allen children have attended Chatsworth State School.

Betty is a proud grandmother and great-grandmother.

Gympie Times


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