HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Olive Reed celebrates her 108th birthday with daughter Meredith Evans and granddaughter Susan Evans.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Olive Reed celebrates her 108th birthday with daughter Meredith Evans and granddaughter Susan Evans. Joshua Macree

Olive blows out 108 candles

THE region's strong genetics continue to shine, with another Pinaroo retirement village resident celebrating their special day of birth.

Days after Dexter Kruger blew out the candles for his milestone 108th birthday, Roma's oldest woman, Olive Reade, followed closely in his footsteps by celebrating her own 108th birthday.

In front of adulating Pinaroo staff, family, friends and fellow residents, Ms Reade was treated to a delicious chocolate cake complete with sparklers andcandles.

Daughter Meredith Evans recounted the long and illustrious life of her mother.

"She lived in Injune for most of her life as her parents shifted there when she was quite young and she was there for a long time before she eventually got her own property there,” shesaid.

"She also lived in Arcadia for a long time, where she managed to ride a lot of horses. While living there she had two children.

"Back in those days if she had to make the trip to Injune, which is approximately 100km from Arcadia, she would have to ride along rough bush roads.”

Ms Reade was an experienced cattle musterer in her day and proudly said she did it all by herself.

She was also not averse to toughness. Ms Evans recalled one particular occasion when her mum had to overcome a riding mishap in the bush.

"One day she was out shifting cattle on her own when her horse tripped and fell and broke its neck,” she said.

"Olive then had to carry the saddle and bridle home, which was about five or six miles.”

On her time at Arcadia, Ms Reade reflected on the tough conditions of living in an isolated location.

"It was nice but it was a very lonely experience,” she said.

Her family has a long tradition of living long lives, as Ms Evans explained.

"Most of her family have managed to live to at least 90 years of age and had an aunt that almost lived to 100,” she said.

After spending a lot of her life at her Arcadia property, Ms Reade retired in 1979 and sold the house before moving to Brisbane to spend time with her brothers and sisters. She lived there for 30 years.

Ms Reade's granddaughter Susan Evans vividly remembered the time her grandmother would transport her through Brisbane.

"She would drive my partner and I down to the local shopping centre and it was the first time he had been in the car with her so he was a bit worried but she got us there safe and sound so she was a good driver,” she said.

"I also remember going pebble hunting with her at the property at Injune. She had these pot plants that she would always need white pebbles for so we'd go down to the creek and search for them.”


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