Peggy Berry, now 100, proudly displays her letter from the Queen.
Peggy Berry, now 100, proudly displays her letter from the Queen. Contributed

Something in the water? Two Gladstone women turn 100

TWO local women born in 1914 have joined the ranks of long-living Gladstonians to turn 100.

They've been through two world wars, and this month Margaret (Bernie) Linnane and Hilda (Peggy) Berry have become centenarians.

They celebrated on Wednesday in a special tree-planting ceremony and morning tea at Gladstone's Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

Longevity runs in Peggy's family, with her mother living to the age of 100 and her grandmother to 90.

The self-confessed sweet tooth, who enjoys four teaspoons of sugar in a cup of tea, said all that sugar hadn't hurt her yet.

Fond of the countryside and animals, Peggy lives on a one-acre property at Tansey with daughter Alice and is kept company by her pet miniature fox terrier Tiger.

Bernie was born in Rockhampton and lived at Mt Morgan and St Lawrence before settling in Gladstone.

The women were joined by a long list of invited guests, including Mayor Gail Sellers, other councillors, friends and family.

Cr Sellers said it was wonderful to see both women still living active lives in their own homes, and said it had been an inspiring morning being surrounded by so many of the pair's family members and friends.

"It is very difficult to imagine the changes Peggy and Bernie have seen in their lifetime," Cr Sellers said.

Bernie Linnane celebrates her 100th birthday.
Bernie Linnane celebrates her 100th birthday. Contributed


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