Old Bar Local Celebrates 104th Birthday in 99 Year Old Ford


On Wednesday, 16th August, Jean Watson, of Old Bar, celebrated an astonishing milestone, her 104th Birthday!

The weather was incredible for this auspicious occasion, and just as well, as this lovely centenarian was able to enjoy a ride in a 99 year old Ford Model T, which incredibly, is younger than its passenger!

Many thanks to Taree Historic Motor Club’s Events Director; John Fletcher for his tireless work organizing events and outings; and particularly for this beautiful opportunity.

Jean is quite the character! Her carers said that she enjoys the various activities organized for the residents at Banyula Lodge, of which she signs up for pretty much all of them!

Jean was born in Muskerry, near Bendigo in Victoria, in 1919; and she is one of ten children. She joined the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II and served as a nurse within Australia.

Jean was blessed with three children, though two are sadly deceased; and has five grand children and twelve great grand children.

After her time in the RAAF, Jean’s parents moved throughout NSW when her father became a teacher. He passed in 1971.

Earlier in life, Jean spent some 30+ years living in Sydney; and was also was kept busy with horses, her involvement in pony club and was a qualified judge.

In 2013, at the tender age of 94, Jean joined a gym, attracting the attention of the Daily Telegraph, plus a short clip on Channel 7 News as “Sydney’s Oldest Gym Junkie!”

Jean says she owes her longevity to keeping her mind active with crossword puzzles. Also keeping herself occupied with knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting.

On the occasion of her 104th birthday on the 16th of August 2023, Jean celebrated her impressive milestone achievement, with the Manning River Times conducting an interview; and television news coverage by Channel 7, thank-you to Justin and Hannah, it was a beautiful story.

After the interviews, we went outside where Jean’s birthday surprise was waiting. Jean enjoyed a nice slow drive around the block, which must have brought back memories. What a great sport Jean, it was a great privilege, Happy Birthday, and many more to come!

You can watch the 7 News story by clicking this image…