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Thelma turns 100!

Our most senior client Mrs Thelma Sullivan recently celebrated her 100th birthday! This remarkable milestone was marked with a celebration at her home, surrounded by many family and friends. Also in attendance was the Premier of WA, Colin Barnett.

We wish to congratulate Thelma once again on this amazing achievement!


The year is 1912…..King George V is our Monarch, Andrew Fisher is our Prime Minister and John Scaddan is Premier of Western Australia.

It was the year Australia recorded its first aircraft crash and the SS Koombana sinks off the WA Coast during a cyclone and kills 150.

It was the year Francis Birtles becomes the first person to cross the Nullarbor Plain in a car and the NSW government grants 43 Acres of land for the construction of a zoological garden later to be known as Taronga Park Zoo.

It was the year that HMAS Melbourne was launched in England, the first branch of the Commonwealth Bank opened in Melbourne- Prime Minister Andrew Fisher is the bank’s first account holder and depositor.

It was the year that the Golden Wattle was declared Australia’s floral emblem and the Maternity Allowance Act of 1912 is passed granting a “Baby Bonus” of 5 pounds to the mother of every child born in Australia (indigenous mothers and other non-citizens are excluded).

It is the year Australia first sends women to the Summer Olympics which is held in Stockholm and Fanny Durack wins the 100 metres Freestyle, Essendon Bombers defeat South Melbourne Swans to win the VFL Grand Final and Piastre wins the Melbourne Cup.

It is the year that the RMS Titanic sinks at 2.27am off Newfoundland as the band played on. The RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors of the Titanic to New York.

1912 sees the birth of some famous Australians:

Russel Drysdale – Painter

Patrick White – Author

William Dargie – Painter

David Brand – Premier of WA

Gwen Plumb- Actress

And the one gracious lady who has outlived them all-

Thelma May Sullivan

Thelma May Sullivan

Born in Coolgardie on April 25 1912 to Ellen and Walter Nicholson, Thelma May grew up in Kalgoorlie. She was a champion tennis player and an accomplished Ballroom dancer. Whenever a Ball was held in Kalgoorlie everybody would start off from the Nicholson’s Piccadilly Street home and young Thelma May was always the Belle of the Ball.

While working in Perth Thelma met, fell in love with and married James Sullivan and had two children – John and Margaret.

Thelma was a very good cook and every Friday it was bake day and the kids would come home to at least seven cakes cooling on wire racks.

Thelma was an accomplished seamstress and made all her children’s clothes. Not stopping there she was also an expert cake maker and decorator.

Thelma now lives with her daughter Margaret who also has her mum’s creative talents and decorates cakes.

For more on Thelma’s amazing milestion, please see this article from The Post newspaper: click here

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