Triplets Larry Thompson, Fiona Martin and Russell Thompson, who grew up in Torbanlea, celebrated their 40th birthday on Saturday night at Toogoom.
Triplets Larry Thompson, Fiona Martin and Russell Thompson, who grew up in Torbanlea, celebrated their 40th birthday on Saturday night at Toogoom. Karleila Thomsen

Triplets celebrate 40th birthday

TRIPLETS were such a novelty 40 years ago that the first birthday of Fiona, Larry and Russell Thompson made the front page of the Chronicle in 1971.

The non-identical triplets, who grew up in Torbanlea, celebrated their 40th birthday in Toogoom at the weekend ahead of their actual birth date, October 28.

More than 100 family and friends gathered at one of the family homes on the beachfront and enjoyed finger food and drinks at high tide under a full moon.

First-born Fiona Martin lives in New Zealand these days so they started planning their party last Christmas.

Larry and Russell, both builders who work together, still live locally and they celebrated at Toogoom because it was their traditional holiday spot.

Fiona said they grew up as fairly normal children and though she sometimes felt like a third wheel and would cop it because she was the only girl, “most of the time it was fantastic”.

“We would do everything together,” she said.

Fiona said when people learned she was a triplet they often asked how her parents, Kay and Garry Thompson, coped.

They had five children under five since older sisters Janene and Gaye had arrived before the triplets. A few sets of extra hands thanks to the Blue Nurses and the children’s grandmothers helped to keep the household running while Garry pitched in on the shopping and cooking fronts.

Fiona said her Mum used to bottle feed all three children at the same time, nursing one and propping the other two on pillows. “She’d alternate with each feed which one she’d be nursing,” she said.

Fiona, Larry and Russell are now all married and have five children between them, but so far no triplets.



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