Our marvellous Miriam hits 109 today

Loretta Bryce

Miriam Schmierer was born on a farm in 1899, retired off a farm in 1961 and milked cows every day in between.

Today the oldest Queenslander turns 109 believing farm life, a strong belief in God and a daily cup of parsley tea has kept her in good health.

"I don't feel sick but everything deteriorates," she said.

Mrs Schmierer was almost 50 before electricity was switched on in her home and sent her first email this year.

Said Mary McPherson of Masters Lodge where Mrs Schmierer lives: "She's just a wonderful, dear lady. We just love her."



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