Centenarian Eddie Hounsome was born in London, fixed army trucks in Europe during World War II and spent time in Port Lincoln and Streaky Bay. But he says Adelaide’s inner-north will always be home.
The journeyman celebrated his 100th birthday in early October among family and friends at Hillcrest’s Aveo Crestview retirement village. The Hounsomes were one of the first families to settle in Windsor Gardens in 1966, then a new housing estate on what was old farm land. “It was a new development and there were lots of grapevines around the rest of the area,” Mr Hounsome said. “I got a contract with a builder and painted a lot of other houses in the area. I remember the houses used to sink because the soil was so soft but I never found a crack in my place.”
Mr Hounsome and his wife, Bunty shifted to the retirement village in 1990 and family from across Australia attended his birthday afternoon tea. “Turning 100 – it’s just another year for me but I am the oldest person in the village.” He ranks meeting his wife at a dance in Norfolk after a long day on the tools fixing trucks and cars at a nearby army base as one of his finer moments. “We were married six months later, had two children and moved to Australia in 1952.”