100 years of change

HITTING A CENTURY: Ballina’s Bill Morrow celebrated his 100th birthday on January 7.
HITTING A CENTURY: Ballina’s Bill Morrow celebrated his 100th birthday on January 7. Graham Broadhead

"THAT'S no' how ye make porridge" was once a catch-phrase in a television commercial.

And Ballina's Henry William - "Bill" - Morrow could be the best judge of porridge.

Bill turned 100 on January 7 and had a birthday celebration at the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Club.

When asked the secret to his longevity, he replied: "Uncle Toby's oats".

But that's not all.

"I never smoked and I drank alcohol in moderation," he said.

Bill was born in Lismore and lived much of his life on the family farm at Pearces Creek.

When he was born, the First World War hadn't started, and Australians had not heard of a place called Gallipoli.

There have been a huge number of changes in the world in Bill's lifetime.

But he said the aeroplane was a significant thing in his eyes.

Plane travel around the world is taken for granted these days.

But Bill said he saw the first aircraft arrive in Lismore.

Bill went to Pearces Creek School, and then Lismore High School - and getting to school meant a horse ride to the station, and a train trip into Lismore.

He left school at 14 to work on the family farm, which he later took over.

It was a dairy farm producing cream.

Bill also had a stud piggery, which he called Willena, a combination of his and wife Ena's names. Ena died 11 years ago.

The family also had a farm at the current site of the macadamia processing plant at Alphadale.

Bill and his wife retired and moved to Ballina about 30 years ago.

Bill also was involved in the Methodist Church and the Church of Christ.

Over the years he has enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching the cricket.

And now he is a big fan of the Sydney Swans AFL team.

Bill has three daughters, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.



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