Centenarians celebrated

04/03/2020. SSW. New Gisborne. Warrina Aged Care. Connie (left) and Doris are celebrating their 100th birthday’s. (Shawn Smits)

By Jessica Micallef

Doris Caddaye and Connie Dunlop are Macedon Ranges’ newest centenarians.

The ladies recently celebrated their 100th birthdays surrounded by family at Warrina Aged Care in New Gisborne.

Ms Caddaye was born in Canada on February 28, 1920, one of eight siblings. In 1945, she met Owen Caddaye who was a member of the Royal Australian Air Force. After a six week “whirlwind romance”, the couple married before Doris left her homeland for Australia on a “ship of brides”. Owen later joined her in Australia and they raised three boys.

Connie Dunlop moved to Australia from England when she was just four-years-old.

“I think my dad was looking for a good job,” she said.

Born on March 7, 1920, Ms Dunlop is now the proud mother of three children and loving grandmother to 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Ms Dunlop said she had seen a great deal of change over the century, but says the way of living was the biggest change.

Her daughter Helen Walker said she always knew her mum would reach the special milestone of 100.

“Apart from a bit of arthritis, she’s had really good health,” she said.