LOVING COUPLE: Anne Scully with her late husband Vince. they raised three children – Gregory, Ronald and Margaret.
LOVING COUPLE: Anne Scully with her late husband Vince. they raised three children – Gregory, Ronald and Margaret. Contributed

Anne celebrates 100th

ANNE Violet Scully, Nanma as I know her. It's not often you get to spend your childhood with a great grandmother; it's even more rare to see her turn 100.

Her early life

The things she must have seen, it's unimaginable to me. She was born April 5 1913, just in time for the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Nanma was the second youngest of nine children of John and Anne Taylor. They lived on a shared dairy farm at Glennies Creek. Times were tough during those early years of the 20th century but Nanma and her sister Eunice made their own fun. The two would eat dripping and shallot sandwiches on stale bread for lunch and go swimming in the river with treacle tins as floaties. They would ride a horse to school, and dress their cat "Henry Ford'' in costumes, as a substitute for a doll. The family moved to Richmond Valley in 1917, moving around before settling in Eden Creek where Nanma finished her schooling.

After marriage

Nanma was married during the Great Depression, beginning a life with husband Vince Scully, a veteran of World War 1. They had three children Gregory, Ronald and Margaret, whom they brought up through the economic crisis and tough years of the Second World War, but they managed. Nanma would make school clothes for her children out of flour bags, and Vince earned a living as a meat inspector at the Casino meat works. Nanma and her husband Vince settled in Evans Head in 1959. Vince sadly passed away in 1965 but Nanma never remarried.

Active lady

Nanma's good health and frivolity was born out of walks to the beach every morning. She was also a familiar face on the greens at the Evans Head Bowling Club as well as at darts and euchre at the RSL Club. Her love to socialise is still as strong as ever, attending the Senior Citizens and the Laurel Club. At 61 Nanma decided she wanted to see the world and travelled to New Zealand, Canada, Japan, China, UK, Scotland, USA, Europe as well as all over Australia and on a few cruises.

Great memories

One of my earliest memories of Nanma is growing up in the flat under her house. That Currajong flat has been the holiday house for almost all of Nanma's relatives. If we weren't playing all day on the beach, we would be challenging her to Yahtzee or having tea and biscuits.

The house on Currajong is marked in Evans Head history, it's old but stands strong and distinguished just like the woman who lives in it.



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