Family gains its fifth generation
IT'S not often a family reunion spans five generations, but the Litzow clan have bucked the trend thanks to "strong genes" and the arrival of newborn Ava - and what's more, the ancestral line is all-female.
Ninety-four-year-old Sylvia Lehmann met her great-great-granddaughter in Yamanto this week, when the Litzow women gathered to celebrate little Ava Brady's arrival.
Surrounded by aunts and great-aunts as well as her direct female ancestors, Ava slept as she was passed around.
Great-great-grandmother Sylvia Lehmann struggled to hold the wriggling baby.
"The baby's got more strength than I do," Mrs Lehmann laughed.
Ms Lehmann began what was to become the matriarchal line when she raised three daughters in Ipswich, while married to her first husband Mr Litzow.
The Lowood-born woman was delighted to meet her first great-great-grandchild.
Ms Lehmann's daughter Barbara Anderson put the happy coincidence of five generations being able to meet down to the family's good health.
"It's our strong genes, mum's very healthy and very happy to be able to meet Ava," Ms Anderson said.
The new great-grandmother said women definitely outnumbered men in the family.
"There must be an over-abundance of women," Ms Anderson said, adding that she had three daughters and one son.
Ms Anderson's daughter Kim Johnson raised two daughters and two sons between living in Ipswich and Darwin, and said that, at 48, she felt almost too young to be a grandmother.
Her daughter Sharni Brady gave birth to Ava three weeks ago, rounding out the five generations of women.
Ms Brady, aged 24, pointed out she was the same age as most of the women were when they had their children.
"Mum was the same age I was when she had me, and my grandma was also 24 when she had mum."