News

Lottie still going strong at 106

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lottie Hurford celebrating her 106th birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lottie Hurford celebrating her 106th birthday. Contributed

AT 106, Lottie Hurford is showing no signs of slowing down.

She is possibly Queensland's oldest indoor bias bowls competitor.

And although that may be hard to verify formally, it seems unlikely there are too many older players.

Mrs Hurford has been a noted exponent of the sport for about 30 years now.

A whole generation has passed since she first took up the sport, then in her 70s.

She still plays three times a week and competes in competitions on a regular basis.

Sport has always been a big part of her life and both before and after her marriage, tennis was her game of choice.

She also likes to play cards every Friday night at the Oxford Crest activity centre and her favourite game is 500, and she regularly attends church.

Charlotte Hurford (nee atham) was born into a life of adversity on New Year's Eve 1909.

"We had a hard childhood," Mrs Hurford said when describing her early home life and growing up in a poor family on the farm.

"We sometimes went hungry. And we sometimes went without," she said.  

Lottie's wedding day.(back from left) The bride's mum Charlotte Latham with best man Ken Box, groom Phillip Hurford, bride Lottie Hurford, bride's maid Hilda Hewitt (nee Latham) and father of the bride Henry Latham.(Seated at front) Bride's maid, Hester Hurford, sister to the groom.This photo was taken at Lottie's wedding on July 22, 1931.
Lottie's wedding day.(back from left) The bride's mum Charlotte Latham with best man Ken Box, groom Phillip Hurford, bride Lottie Hurford, bride's maid Hilda Hewitt (nee Latham) and father of the bride Henry Latham.(Seated at front) Bride's maid, Hester Hurford, sister to the groom.This photo was taken at Lottie's wedding on July 22, 1931. Donna Jones

Farming was in her blood and it was only natural that she marry a dairy farmer, Phillip Hurford in 1931, who was to be the love of her life.

Together they had three children, including 79-year-old Phillis Kerr, who Lottie currently lives with.

Phillis was in a hurry to arrive, according to Mrs Hurford, who said she remembers very clearly giving birth to her on her own, at home on a dark and stormy afternoon in 1936.

She said it was all over in a matter of minutes and was wondering how to deal with the umbilical cord when her husband arrived back home and did the honours.

"It was raining and he didn't hear me calling out for him. Phil happened to come up at the right time," she said.

Mrs Hurford has seen some remarkable changes in her lifetime, including working with a horse and plough and using a "Coolgardie safe" before the invention of refrigerators.

"The ice was delivered with the cream carrier in a bag surrounded by sawdust," she recalls.

The ice was placed in a tray at the top of the box style contraption and slowly melted throughout the day.

The sides of the box were made of wire mesh overlaid with hessian that would absorb the melt and as the breeze blew through the hessian, helped to keep the contents cool.

Her daughter, Mrs Kerr, said she remembers her mum walking up and down the hall every evening for hours, shaking a billy full of cream to make butter.

(back) Alan Kerr, Phillis Kerr, (front) Joshua Kerr, Bryson Kerr, Charlottie "Lottie" Hurford, Braxton Kerr and Justin Kerr. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lottie Hurford celebrating her 106th birthday. CONTRIBUTED
(back) Alan Kerr, Phillis Kerr, (front) Joshua Kerr, Bryson Kerr, Charlottie "Lottie" Hurford, Braxton Kerr and Justin Kerr. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lottie Hurford celebrating her 106th birthday. CONTRIBUTED Contributed

She also recalls Mrs Hurford heading up to the "dry" paddock in the calving season to bring the newborn calves back closer to the house to avoid predators.

"I remember mum riding the old pony with a couple of calves slung over the saddle and their mothers following along behind," Mrs Kerr said.

During the Second World War, the pair also remember having to use blackout curtains at night time, and ration coupons to buy food.

Mrs Hurford said one of the greatest innovations she recalls was when she got an automatic washing machine in 1960.  

This was the year after her and her husband moved into Gympie to start their retirement, but even though the pair were retired, Mrs Hurford was still active.

She was bean picking for her daughter right up until she was in her 80s and loved to get out in the garden, dancing and playing the harmonica and piano accordion.

"If there's a party on, she still jigs," Mrs Kerr laughed.

Mrs Hurford celebrated her 106th birthday surrounded by five generations of her family.

In addition to her own three children, she has 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-grandchild who was born in October last year.

Mrs Hurford said the secret to her longevity is to stay active, work hard and don't drink or smoke.

But Mrs Kerr gave credit more to good genes.

"Aunt Lilly (Mrs Hurford's eldest sister) was naughty. She drank, she smoked, she laughed and she made it to 100 too," Mrs Kerr said.  

Gympie Times

Topics:  birthday



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Widgee Creek 'dry' is worst some locals have seen yet

WORST DROUGHT HE HAS SEEN: George Cotter has not seen the Widgee Cree at a lower level. Photo Contributed

Widgee Creek the lowest it has ever been

Widow: lower limit a 'bad compromise' at deadly turn-off

FIX IT: Helen Window wants changes at the Rainbow Beach turn-off where her husband Ian was killed last year, and (right) The Gympie Times coverage of the accident.

Widow Helen Window says redesign needed.

'We want our country back': Ron Owen letter

SAVING DEMOCRACY? Letter writer Ron Owen says "if we allow this to continue we don't have democracy and we don't have our own country”.

And we want foreign aid stopped, says letter writer

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Gympie children needed for auditions

FUN TIMES: Cast members from the GTA pantomine from 2005, Little Red Riding Hood.

Come on kids! Get on board for this fun G150 event.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

15 houses for sale in Gympie under $200,000

9 Norman St Gympie: $179,000

First home-buyer or investor? Take a look at these bargains.

Red Hill Rd cafe property under the hammer Saturday

HOT PROPERTY: 14 Red Hill Rd, Gympie is going under the hammer.

Are you in the market for a place to run a coffee shop?

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!