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Three Kogarah centenarians celebrate their birthdays

As published in St George and Sutherland Shire Leader October 9 2019

It was a celebration of the centuries for three St George residents last week.

Anne Mayer (105), Mabel Currie (106) and Dorris Kerslake (103), celebrated their birthdays with family and staff and residents at Estia Health Kogarah.

Anne (Nancy) Mayer was born in Glebe on September 12, 1914, the six child of William and Martha Neal.

The family moved to Sans Souci and Anne attended Sans Souci Primary School and Kogarah High School.

She left school at 13 years of age and worked at Anthony Hordens in the city at a machinist and then as a clothing cutter at Ramsgate where she remained until she retired.

Anne was a keen dancer in her younger days, dancing at Bretts Hall, Kogarah where she met the love of her life, Jack.

They married on March 8, 1941 at Rockdale and lived at Kogarah while building their home at Beverley Park.

Jack passed away in 1969 and Anne continued to live in their home until 2011.

Dot Kerslake (nee Rallings) was born in 1916 in Bulli and spent most of her formative years in nearby Woonona.

She remembers seeing wounded soldiers returning home from World War I.

She worked at a pharmaceutical firm and in 1943 married Charlie Kerslake who passed away in 1990.

Their four children, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren have now spread from Nowra on the South Coast to Caloundra in Queensland and regularly stay in touch.

Dot was a member of the Ramsgate RSL Club and Ramsgate Swimming Club.

She attributes her longevity to having lived an active life with strong connections to family and friends.

Mabel Curry is described as 107 year young.

She went to Brighton Public School and worked for over 25 years at a printing company.

She used to enjoy her Saturday with a beer or two at Miller's Pub with her husband Jack who has since passed away.

She has fond memories of life at the Brighton Le Sands.

Mabel loves family and St George footy club.

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