Victoria Point woman turns 105

War, moon landings and the great depression: Victoria Point woman Marie Hickman turns 105

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Victoria Point woman Marie Hickman will turn 105 on November 18.

VICTORIA Point centenarian Marie Hickman is on the verge of reaching another milestone in her remarkable life.

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A WONDERFUL LIFE: Marebello aged care resident Marie Hickman will celebrate her 105th birthday on November 18. Photo: Jordan Crick

A WONDERFUL LIFE: Marebello aged care resident Marie Hickman will celebrate her 105th birthday on November 18. Photo: Jordan Crick

The Marebello aged care resident turns 105 on November 18, making her the oldest living person at the Victoria Point home.

Ms Hickman - born in 1916 - has lived through two world wars, seen the transition from radio to television and watched as man walked on the moon for the first time.

She has seen dramatic change in her life - including the invention of the telephone - and was in her teens when the great depression hit Australia.

Daughter Cherryl Fraser said she had lived on the bayside her entire life, including for a long period in the family home at Manly.

In her younger years she rarely drank alcohol, always stayed active, and enjoyed gardening, black tea and ham sandwiches.

Ms Fraser - who lives at Canungra in the Scenic Rim - said her mother stayed active well into her 90s, and was often seen helping people about 20 years her junior.

She was moved into aged care after injuring her wrist. It was just her second visit to hospital, with the only other trip being to give birth.

"I don't know of anyone in my lifetime that didn't like her," Ms Fraser said. "She came from a very gentle, kind and caring family."

Ms Hickman never drove a car, choosing instead to walk, and continues to enjoy spending time in the garden at the aged care home.

Her son Trevor still lives in the family house, which she bought with her butcher husband in the late 1930s.

Ms Fraser said she enjoyed outings to the pub and the shopping centre with her family when she was younger.

"Prior to the last couple of years where I've had to just push her around the garden, we used to take her to the Victoria Point Tavern," Ms Fraser said.

"We would play the pokies with her. She loved it.

"I also used to take her to the shopping centre where I would buy her clothes."

Ms Fraser praised the Marebello staff for taking good care of her mother.

In July, Australia's oldest person, Dexter Kruger, 111, died at the Maranoa town of Roma.

Mr Kruger was 111 years and 124 days old.

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The story Victoria Point woman turns 105 first appeared on Redland City Bulletin.

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