Hervey Bay's Nellie Porter celebrates her 100th birthday.
Hervey Bay's Nellie Porter celebrates her 100th birthday. Alistair Brightman

Nellie hits a hundred in style

DRESSED in a cream hand-made lace frock with a flower corsage pinned near her collar, Nellie Porter was the perfect picture of elegance yesterday.

Sitting with her silver ballet shoes together and her hands folded over a matching silver clutch, she was amused by all the fuss.

She was delighted to be reminded it was her 100th birthday and was quick to make light of herself.

“I hope I can stay pretty for the rest of the week,” she laughed after a comment about how pretty flowers would fill her room for the week.

When talking about how she woke at 4.30am she quipped: “I had a bit to do.”

When talking about her happiness at Torbay Retirement Village she said: “I like people. I don't mind whether they're black, white or brindle.”

And, when told she may get a letter from the Queen, she asked if she could have a Victoria Cross instead.

Nellie was born Ellen Margaret and grew up on a dairy farm in Clifton, south of Toowoomba, before moving to Brisbane and then to Maryborough in 1958.

She celebrated her birthday at Torbay, her home of 23 years, with her only child, Juanita Johnston, 73, and nieces and nephews from New Zealand, Western Australia and Townsville.

Nellie will also mark her birthday by planting a tree at the botanic gardens tomorrow and with a party at Torbay on Friday.



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