FIVE GENERATIONS: (back, from left) Helen Dodd and Margaret Gardiner with (front, from left) Erin Dodd, baby Elora and Anne Scully.
FIVE GENERATIONS: (back, from left) Helen Dodd and Margaret Gardiner with (front, from left) Erin Dodd, baby Elora and Anne Scully. Contributed

Scully women unite in Evans

CURRAJONG St in Evans Head has become the meeting place for the Scully family for decades and has recently united five generations of females.

There are almost 100 years separating Anne Scully (born in 1913) and the newest edition to the family, her great-great granddaughter, Elora Keating. born in 2012.

Anne Scully has been living in Evans Head for more than 60 years and while there are many things that have changed, some things have remained the same.

"There is a lot that is different; we didn't have any facilities, there were very few shops and we would walk to town every time we wanted to get the mail," Ms Scully said.

"The family has been visiting this house for holidays for 50 years. This house has always been a meeting place for all of us."

Elora's great grandmother Margaret Gardiner said Elora would still be able to enjoy Evans Head as she did as a child.

"As a child I would love to go down to the river, play in the sand and swim in the ocean - it's what every generation has enjoyed and Elora will be able to as well," Ms Gardiner said.

"Walks along Air Force has been a sort of tradition. I did it with my children, then my grandchildren and now with my great grandchildren".

Helen Dodd, Elora's grandmother, said one of the most positive changes seen by her generation was the way the internet had connected the family.

"Because they live so far away, Skype has allowed me to keep connected with Elora and her brother Lachlan and I can watch them grow," Ms Dodd said.

Elora's mother Erin Dodd said it has been a special experience to have her daughter meet her great-great grandmother.

"It's amazing to have five generations we can see and take a photo of - it's a really special thing," Ms Dodd said.

"Not many people can say they have a great grandmother, let alone a great-great grandmother."

Ms Scully will celebrate her 100th birthday in April next year, and daughter Margaret said it would certainly be a big event.

"Mum has many great friends in Evans Head and is well known, so her 100th is going to be not only a big family event but probably a great event for most of the town," Ms Gardiner said.



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