Big celebration for lifelong Macarthur resident

There aren’t many people who can say they’ve lived in the same area for a century – but Beryl Bain can.

Ms Bain celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends at Whiddon, Easton Park (Glenfield) on Sunday, July 6.

As a child, the former seamstress and volunteer lived with her family of five siblings and parents at a farm called Springmead in a cottage on what is now the corner of Denham Court Road and Campbelltown Road.

Ms Bain’s father Ambrose managed the farm for Edward Hirst from 1917 to 1928, when he set up his own dairy property, Fox Hill, on Denham Court Road.

Ms Bain’s great-nephew Ian Curdie said the old family farm was still visible.

“The farmhouse can still be seen at about number 153,” he said.

Ms Bain said she didn’t feel any different having reached her milestone century.

But she does have some tips for a long life.

“Eat nutritious food, exercise, and take no drugs or strong drink,” she said.

Ms Bain spent most of her adult life volunteering and working with community members.

Mr Curdie said she was a remarkable woman.

“Always doing things for others has been Beryl’s guiding principle,” he said.

“Her gentle kindness – with never a cross word or uncharitable thought – stands out.

“She was devoted to her church, St Mary’s, at Denham Court and in her retirement Beryl was a steadfast volunteer at Myrtle Cottage in Ingleburn.”

Ms Bain said some of her favourite things in her long life included “driving my VW Beetle ‘Goldie’, taking friends on car trips, dancing in the early days, working with animals and playing polo”.

She ran Fox Hill farm with her brother Roy until 1968, when he was killed after being thrown from a horse.

The land was then sub-divided and Ms Bain retained 17 acres to raise cattle. 

She lived in Wagtail Crescent, Ingleburn from 1987 until 2005, when she moved into Whiddon.

Ms Bain never married and is well-loved by her close-knit family of nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends from the district.