Cards from Queen, Crowe for 100th
GEORGE Passlow turns 100 today and his birthday luncheon will see him surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
But the really big party will be on Easter Saturday when friends and family of the Passlow clan from Hughenden to Melbourne will gather at his West High Street home for a major open house and barbecue celebration.
Some time between now and then, George Passlow hopes to have time to plant his sweet peas.
“I always was a garden crank,” George Passlow said, “but gerberas are my favourites.”
He also has an impressive pile of mail to read, which included cards and letters of congratulation from everyone from the Queen and the governor general to movie celebrity Russell Crowe.
Born in Coffs Harbour in 1910, when there was a big Langley Bros sawmill in Murdock Street and a butcher’s shop in Lyster Street, where his family lived, George Passlow is the oldest living pupil of St Augustine’s Catholic School.
At the time, three nuns were teaching 300 students.
During a 60-year working life, George was employed as a butcher and a barber before returning to the bush to drove cattle from Coffs Harbour to Gunnedah.
He felled timber and cut girders and sleepers; drove an 18-bullock team at Boggy Creek; dairy farmed at Valery with his wife Helen and planted thousands of flooded gum trees on APM plantations from Gaudrons Road to Bowraville.