Anne Cooper celebrates her 104th birthday at Bellorana Hostel on Saturday with niece Nola Condon.
Anne Cooper celebrates her 104th birthday at Bellorana Hostel on Saturday with niece Nola Condon.

104 not out!



ANNE Cooper is known as 'The Boss' around Bellorana Hostel, and it's not just because she's the oldest.

Celebrating her 104th year on Saturday, Anne was a little shocked to receive a visit by the Coffs Coast Advocate.

"I am going to be in the newspaper? Well, fancy that," she said.

Relaxing among friends with an afternoon tea Anne decided to have a belated party this year after rain on Thursday meant the Bellingen area could flood.

"My real birthday was on Thursday but because of the bad weather a lot of my friends had to stay home," Anne said.

The staff at Bellorana said Anne was the oldest resident ever to board at the hostel and she was also one of the most passionate.

It was only four years ago when Anne decided to leave her home in Urunga. She has been living there along with the occasional visit by a 'maid'.

Anne used to play lawn bowls, but four years ago she decided to give it up, as there weren't too many people her age still playing. She believes she is the oldest woman in the district.

When asked what was the secret to her longevity, Anne laughed and said she had never been a smoker or drinker, but admitted she enjoyed the odd lollie or chocolate, in moderation of course.

Anne grew up on a property in Dorrigo and, even though she has been around the traps for more than 100 years, she said she hadn't seen the area change all that much.



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