Marjorie Bostock turns 107

At 107, Ipswich's oldest woman is chasing the state record

WHEN Marjorie Bostock was the same age as her great great grandson Ryley is now, the world was a very different place.

The invention of the aeroplane was less than a decade old, the Titanic was under construction and Ipswich had only been a city for five years.

Mrs Bostock has witnessed an extraordinary level of change and technological development since her birth on April 2, 1909.

Baby Ryley, aged just four-and-a-half months, is her youngest great great grandchild and was one of dozens of family members to get together on the weekend to celebrate Mrs Bostock's 107th birthday.

Marjorie Bostock just turned 107. Here is five generations of her family (clockwise from left) Teagan Magnussen, Ron Bostock, Susan Bostock and Ryley Cooper.
Marjorie Bostock just turned 107. Here is five generations of her family (clockwise from left) Teagan Magnussen, Ron Bostock, Susan Bostock and Ryley Cooper. Rob Williams

Five generations came together on Sunday to celebrate the milestone.

Mrs Bostock also has 14 grandchildren and five children.

She was a mother of four in her 30s when she moved to Ipswich in the 1940s.

The world had already lived through a war and was right in the middle of another one.

Mothers like Mrs Bostock, whose husband Charles was assigned to RAAF Base Amberley, were evacuated from north Queensland so air force officers would not worry about their families.

Mrs Bostock has owned property in Ipswich ever since, and even now continues to live in her own home.

She is Ipswich's oldest woman and is aiming to make the record as Queensland's oldest person.

On the weekend, Mrs Bostock recalled the first time she saw an aeroplane, riding horses bareback as a main method of travel and more than a century of living on the land.

Family members said Mrs Bostock was a keen traveller who has been able to see most of Australia.

Her toughness and her streak of humour shone through when asked what made her most proud as she celebrated 39,083 days on Earth.

"I like to be on my two feet… and still give trouble," she said.

Marjorie Elizabeth Lucy Bostock pictured at her wedding to husband Charles Dundee Bostock.
Marjorie Elizabeth Lucy Bostock pictured at her wedding to husband Charles Dundee Bostock. Contributed


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