Chloe Duncan was born on the 27th of May 1911 and last Friday Chloe celebrated her 105th Birthday!
She married at the age of 17 to Alfred Duncan who she went on to have 11 kids with, including 7 boys and 4 girls. In 1911 she was present when horses and Buggies were used as public transport and was there to witness when motor vehicles were then invented. She can also recall the change of Gas to Electricity!
Chloe has been through some challenging times in her long life and one that sticks out in her mind was the 1929 floods, where she had to evacuate her property in Doolan St Invermay. She remembers one of her family members having to kayak to the property to receive the rest of her belongings that still remained.
As her life continued on Chloe lived through the great depression of 1929 and can still remember using coupons to buy food such as rice and bread from the local store, a period that would have been tough. She then lived through World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1939-1945). Two of her uncles fought in the 1st World War with one being buried in France and 1 coming back with a Military Cross medal.
After the floods of 1929 Chloe moved into 1/84 St John Street where she gave birth to 10 out of the 11 kids. Chloe then moved to 32 Hargrave Crescent in Mayfield where she had her final child, Gregory. Mrs Duncan couldn’t recall the exact date but believed that she had since been at 32 Hargrave Crescent since 1953, at least. Making it her home for more than 63 years!
Housing Tasmania’s records show that her Tenancy start date was on the 25th of April 1977. Chloe was then signed over to Community Housing Ltd on the 21st of May 2015 by myself. Since then I have found out that she is my nans-mothers- Sister making her my Great- Great Auntie! Pretty scary to think that not only am I Chloe’s Tenancy Admin (and related), but having just turned 20 it makes her 85 years older than myself!
I was very privileged to be able to go out and sit down and talk with Mrs Duncan about her amazing achievement of turning 105 Years of age. She is Tasmania’s Current oldest person alive and besides her eye sight and hearing not being as good as what it was, Chloe is still going along strongly. Chloe was a Ballet Dancer and enjoyed singing in the Choir. She says the secret to her long life is simply being happy.