Big celebration surprises new Campbelltown centenarian

It was balloons, flowers and sweet treats galore at IRT Campbelltown on Monday as residents and family members celebrated the 100th birthday of Helen Hogan.

The lovely lady was surprised by the extravagant party and even received a beautiful guitar serenade from a special guest.

The fabulous party was held ahead of Mrs Hogan's big day on Thursday (February 28) and was a wonderful occasion for all in attendance.

Mrs Hogan's daughter Anne Sheldrick, who stopped by to take part in the festivities, said her mother was a very independent woman.

"She lived most of her adult life around Bondi and worked at Franklin's at Rose Bay for over 20 years," she said.

"She did all of her own shopping and cooking until she was almost 96, when she decided that it was time to live in an aged care facility.

"She now considers herself extremely lucky to live where she does."

Mrs Hogan was born in Scone in 1919.

She lived most of her early life in Aberdeen, where she was a bright child.

She skipped a grade at school and was awarded a scholarship to attend St Joseph's College Lochinvar as a full-time boarder.

Mrs Hogan married her husband Gabe (who hailed from Muswellbrook) when she was 22 years old, after managing her father's office in the service station/taxi service he owned.

Mr and Mrs Hogan had four children and were married for 58 years.

Mrs Sheldrick said her mother still had plenty of interests and hobbies to fill her days at IRT.

"She loves to read and in the early days would read every page of the Sydney Morning Herald every day - except the sport," she said.

"She was an excellent knitted and sewed all her own clothes. She could also do any kind of maths calculations in her head."

Staff at IRT were excited to celebrate the centenarian's milestone achievement and decked out the communal area with decorations, cards, specially made-up tables and more.

Mrs Hogan was delighted with the occasion and took great fun in cutting her strawberry-adorned cake.