LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Australia’s oldest living person, Catherina Van Der Linden, turns 111 years old. She is a Dutch-Australian supercentenarian known as the oldest living Dutch-born person as well as the oldest person in Australia. Catherina Van Der Linden was born on 26 August 1912 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, as Catharina Adriana van Meegen. She grew up in Nijmegen, Gelderland.
Three days before her 28th birthday, Catherina married Johannes (John) Wouterus van der Linden on 23 August 1940. The couple had four children together. She spent her life working as a grape picker, nursing assistant, typist, and clerical assistant.
In 1955, she emigrated to Australia with her husband. However, she felt homesick, so she took their four children and returned to the Netherlands in 1958. After 18 months, the family returned to Australia and permanently settled in Adelaide.
Catherina van der Linden is currently residing in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, where she is recognized as the oldest living person in the country.
For more information, please view Catherina Van Der Linden’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Mary Nixon at 111 years old. She was an Australian supercentenarian who was formerly the oldest living person in the country. She was also one of the earliest documented supercentenarians in Australia.
Mary Nixon was born on 17 March 1871 in Whitmore Square, Adelaide, South Australia. After her mother passed away, she helped her father raise her seven younger siblings. Sadly, her youngest brother was killed during World War I in France in 1916.
She married a bookmaker from North Adelaide named Albert William Nixon. Their wedding was on 16 December 1890 when she was 19 years old. The couple had seven children.
She attributed her longevity to eating plain food, working hard, and having a tight-knit family.
Mary Nixon passed away on 10 May 1982 in North Adelaide, South Australia. At the time of her death, she was 111 years old and was survived by 32 grandchildren, 106 great-grandchildren, and 108 great-great-grandchildren.
For more information, please view Mary Nixon’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Amelia Florence “Flo” Fuss of South Australia, Australia. She was born in Bald Hills, South Australia, Australia on 5 January 1889, and passed away in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia on 7 April 1999 at the age of 110. Mrs. Fuss was the ninth of ten children of English Parents.
She married her husband Leslie Fuss in 1911 and had 5 children (four daughters and a son). They worked on a farm until her husband’s pneumonia forced them to move to Adelaide. In 1964, her husband passed away.
On her 100th birthday, her daughters requested her birth certificate so she could receive a letter from Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her becoming a centenarian. However, they found out that she was three days younger – her birth was registered as occurring on January 5, instead of January 2 as they believed. She was survived by four daughters, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
LongeviQuest congratulates Mrs. Fuss’s family on her posthumous recognition.
For more information, please view Mrs. Fuss’s Directory Profile here.
The Bribie Island Baptist Church of Bongaree recently confirmed on its YouTube channel the passing of Mrs. Mary Gwendoline “Gwen” Moore, the oldest living person in Australia.
Mrs. Moore was born in Tredegar, Wales, UK, in 1911. At some point, she moved to Australia where she spent her final days in Bongaree, a suburb of Bribie Island, Queensland. She passed away on 31 March, aged 111. Her age has not been validated by LongeviQuest or European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO).
With the passing of Mrs. Moore, the title of Australia’s oldest living resident goes to Catherina van der Linden of Adelaide, South Australia. Mrs. van der Linden was born in the Netherlands, on 26 August 1912, and migrated to Australia in 1955 with her husband and children.
Besides Mrs. van der Linden, there’s one more supercentenarian living in Australia, Mrs. Dulcie Fawcett of Western Australia, who celebrated her 110th birthday in January.