Trio’s three centuries worth of wisdom

SANDHILL CENTENARIAN CLUB: 100-year-old Jack Laver, Gladys Hammond, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday, and Mary Pierce, 102, at Sandhill aged care facility in South Launceston. Picture: Phillip Biggs
SANDHILL CENTENARIAN CLUB: 100-year-old Jack Laver, Gladys Hammond, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday, and Mary Pierce, 102, at Sandhill aged care facility in South Launceston. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Celebrating her 100th birthday at Sandhill on Thursday, Gladys Hammond joined two other centenarians at the South Launceston aged care facility. 

Mrs Hammond joined 102-year-old Mary Pierce, who celebrated a birthday in January, and Jack Laver, who turned 100 earlier this month. Mrs Hammond, the eldest of four children, was a war-time nurse and raised four children of her own in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne. 

“She saw to it that we got well educated,” her daughter Pamela Neeson said. 

Three of Mrs Hammond’s children moved to Launceston separately for work.

Gladys Hammond celebrated her birthday, pictured with her children (left to right), Elizabeth Heaven, Peter Hammond, Joan Cavanagh and Pamela Neeson

Gladys Hammond celebrated her birthday, pictured with her children (left to right), Elizabeth Heaven, Peter Hammond, Joan Cavanagh and Pamela Neeson

Mrs Neeson said Mrs Hammond moved down to Launceston in 2007 and lived with her for seven years, before moving into Sandhill almost three years ago. 

“She’s the sort of person who’s content wherever she is, as long as she’s got certain comforts, like a good cup of tea,” Mrs Neeson said. 

“She gets on well with people, she’s very rarely, if ever, critical of people, she’s very accepting … she’s very easy to like.”