Hard work never hurt happy centenarian

Jean Taylor, of Low Head, chats to grandson Eric Taylor, of Hillwood, as niece Lila Brett, of Latrobe, son John Taylor, of Hillwood, and daughter-in-law Jenny Taylor, of Hillwood, look on.

Jean Taylor, of Low Head, chats to grandson Eric Taylor, of Hillwood, as niece Lila Brett, of Latrobe, son John Taylor, of Hillwood, and daughter-in-law Jenny Taylor, of Hillwood, look on.

CENTENARIAN Jean Taylor was just 14 when she went to the Devonport Showgrounds to witness aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler land the first plane in Tasmania.

The Low Head resident yesterday celebrated her 100th birthday with 140 family and friends at the George Town RSL.

Mrs Taylor, nee Woodcock, was born at Deloraine and went to school at Studley, between Sheffield and Kimberley.

She married Eric Taylor in 1936 and the couple moved to Hillwood three years later, where Mr Taylor worked on a farm for 20 years.

They bought their own small farm at Hillwood in 1960, growing apples and pears and running milking calves and sheep.

Mrs Taylor said that she had a simple recipe for longevity.

‘‘Hard work and no money is what life was all about in my day,’’ she said.

‘‘We were too busy working to think about anything else, but it’s been a great life and I’ve had a lot of fun.’’

Mrs Taylor said that she couldn’t believe the number of people who attended the celebration.

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