Edna Cairns, 90, arrives by horse at the Burrum District Community Centre for yesterday’s celebrations.
Edna Cairns, 90, arrives by horse at the Burrum District Community Centre for yesterday’s celebrations. Alistair Brightman

Edna, 90, shows true Aussie spirit

AT 90 YEARS of age Edna Cairns has a genuine, lifelong appreciation of Australia Day.

So an artificial hip and a last-minute emergency were not going to prevent her from kicking off the region’s celebrations in Howard yesterday.

On the back of her trusty steed, Moonlight Little Whisper, she rode up to the community hall to present the national flag and kick-start a day of celebrations across the Fraser Coast.

Edna’s “honour and pride” was reflected across the region with events staged in Woocoo, Tiaro, Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

For Maryborough resident Hans Oertel (pictured), Australia Day 2010 was extra special. Hans arrived in Australia from Germany on January 26, 1960 – exactly 50 years ago.

“I’ve been celebrating every year since,” he said.

“I’ve never looked back. I love the open air and living in a free country where nobody can tell you what to do.”

The Hervey Bay party at Seafront Oval was in full swing as the sun fell.




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