Ipswich centenarian Liz Jordan cannot say for certain what the secret to a long life is, but she thinks it might have something to do with friendship and keeping a sense of humour.
The spritely Ebbw Vale resident celebrated turning 109 on Friday (15 January) with family and friends and is now officially the ninth oldest person in Australia.
She has lived all her life in Ipswich, making deep and lasting connections across the community.
“I lived in Ipswich all my life, I went to West Ipswich School,” Liz said.
“Back in my school days, they were great, you could walk home from school and you’d have your friends and you’d talk to them.
“It’s a different atmosphere now, I lived in a great age I will say that.”
Liz, who still lives independently, has always been creative and has kept herself busy over the years by knitting for her grandchildren.
She was also a keen indoor bowler.
It’s through these community activities that she says she made many amazing friendships that have held her in good stead throughout her life.
“Friendship is a great thing, you get to play indoor bowls, you can meet different people,” she said.
She also credits keeping active and the support of her family for her longevity.
“When you get old and you turn 100, don’t just sit around, keep active. If I want to go out anywhere, I go walking,” she said.
“My family they look after me too well, the mess I would be in without them.”
Our Elizabeth a true Ipswich icon
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding has congratulated Liz Jordan on celebrating her 109th birthday.
“What a fantastic innings – 109 not out,” Mayor Harding said.
“A lot of things have changed in our city across those 109 years, but one constant has been Ipswich’s sense of community spirit.
“That spirit is encapsulated in our city’s youngest and oldest residents including Elizabeth who has for many years played an active role in our community.
“On this most special of days and on behalf of the Ipswich community, I congratulate Elizabeth on marking another milestone birthday and wish her many more to come.”