It’s not every day you turn 100, but Werribee woman Amy Rees did just that last Friday, notching up a century of memories.
Born in Birmingham, England, on October 6, 1917, Amy’s early childhood was spent with her father, who sent her to Australia when she was 10 to stay with an aunt and uncle. Amy worked at their garage before and after school each day.
As she got older, she held down a couple of jobs, including roles at MacRobertson’s Confectionery Factory and the canteen at Melbourne University.
She met her husband Charles through friends and the pair married when she was 19. They had 10 children, and the family has since grown to include 22 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her husband died many years ago.
When she was in her 70s, Amy moved to Queensland, where she took up line dancing and bowls.
She moved to Werribee three years ago to live with daughter Jacqueline.
“She was one to walk everywhere, even though we lived in Carlton and North Melbourne and had trams on our doorstep, mum used to make us walk to the Queen Victoria Market,” Jacqueline said.
About 40 of Amy’s family and friends celebrated her birthday with a party at home last week.