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Marvellous Marjorie's milestone of 106

FIGHTING FIT: Remarkable Ipswich woman Marjorie Bostock has just celebrated her 106th birthday.
FIGHTING FIT: Remarkable Ipswich woman Marjorie Bostock has just celebrated her 106th birthday. Inga Williams

WHEN a 105-year-old asks you to come back for her next birthday, it's an invitation you're not going to forget or turn down.

The QT visited Marjorie Bostock at her Willowbank home last April and found one very feisty woman; definitively not your typical over-100.

As we were leaving, Marjorie followed us out to the front door and called out: "Come back any time for a cup of tea."

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"We will," we said. "Same time next year."

Do you remember that, I asked Marjorie after I was let into her Willowbank house by her carer this week.

"Ye-Yes," she said hesitantly.

Do you feel any different from last year to this year?

"Oh, I don't think I did anything over-exciting," she said, with the actress' diction I remembered from last time.

"I don't bother sittin', thinkin': 'Jesus, I did this. I must never forget I did it or somethin'. I just go on."

I ask her if people make too much of a fuss of her age.

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"I think if it suits them, let them enjoy it," she said.

Then I realise she's talking about newspaper reporters: "They are getting around the country and they are looking for something to write down to keep them on their own job.

"I don't worry whether they're writing about me or not.

"I think to myself, well if I'm part of the news, good on ya. I never mind.

"I don't resent it any way and I don't sit and long for it to take place. I just accept it as something ordinary."

After stopping for a call from granddaughter Carol saying she's on her way, Marjorie says, "I don't have to worry. I don't have anything in particular wrong with me I think. Only old age."

Last year, Marjorie Elizabeth Lucy Bostock marked her birthday by showing the QT how she could touch her toes then playfully shape up in a boxer's stance.

When she turned 100, she went for a ride in a horse and buggy and at 104 she cracked a whip.

By all reports, she's the oldest person in Ipswich still living in their own home and the second-oldest in the city. Brassall Village resident Eva Schmidt is about a month older than Marjorie.

"When she is asked the secret of a long life she always said: 'Hard work and all the things that'd kill you today'," Carol said last year.

After arriving with her cattle dog at her grandmother's house year, she said: "She's had a pretty good year.

"We had a couple of bouts but apart from that she's kicking along as usual," Carol said.

Marjorie Bostock nee Lilley was born in Mt Morgan and was brought up on a dairy farm.

Marjorie and her husband Charlie, a RAAF aircraft mechanic, came to Ipswich in the war years and Marjorie bought land at Ebbw Vale. She sold it to buy her place at Willowbank.

After she's shown us the hand-drawn cards from the great-grandchildren, she finally sees us off.

And, of course, we'll be back. Same time next year.

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