Surrounded by family and friends, Glen Waverley’s Lorraine Brown celebrated her 100th birthday and a life that has seen a good share of big events, inventions and changes.
Born in 1916 at the height of World War I, she remembers her father queuing at The Malvern Town Hall during the Depression for a bag of vegetables and the difficulties people faced when there was little work and little money to be found.
She married newspaper manager James Brown in 1939 only one month before World War II began. During that war, Mrs Brown recalls that news was scarce, as was food and clothing which became rationed.
She remembers when her family first bought an ice chest and then in the 1950s a refrigerator, followed by a vacuum cleaner, television and eventually a washing machine. In 1956,she was thrilled to be a spectator at the Melbourne Olympic Games and in 1964, she was “glued to the television set” watching as The Beatles arrived in Melbourne.
Mrs Brown’s youngest son, Neil, said his mother’s passions in life were travel, photography and painting, with many of her paintings proudly on display in her home at Aveo Oak Tree Hill.
He said his mother also loved music, especially The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and her family had arranged for a pianist to play some of her favourite tunes at her birthday party.
This article appeared in the Monash Leader on 16 August.