107-years of life for local senior

NOT everybody can say they’re believed to be the oldest living Tasmanian on record.

But Irene Martin (nee King) can.

The 107-year-old celebrated her birthday recently surrounded by family and friends at the Respect Aged Care facility at St Ann’s Nursing Home in Hobart.

Irene was born in Hobart in 1910 and was the youngest of 11 children.

She married in 1928 and had two children, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She lost her first husband in 1981 but re-married at the age of 80.

Her second husband passed away in 2000.

Living in Hobart her entire life, Irene spent much of her time caring for her family and running various grocery stores in the local area.

Her mother-in-law owned the Trocadero Café in Elizabeth St where she worked and earned the reputation as an efficient and meticulous worker.

At 90-years-of-age, Irene travelled overseas for the first time to New Zealand.

Her highlight was a day cruise around Lake Wakatipu on the iconic steamship the TSS Earnslaw.

The company offered free cruises to anybody who was older than the ship and Irene qualified by one month.

Irene lived in her own home until the age of 101 when she decided it was time to move into an aged care facility.

Her daughter-in-law, Barbara McArthur, credited her longevity to a combination of “hard work, sheer determination and a very strong heart.”

Irene spends her days enjoying a peaceful life at St Ann’s, while Barbara visits regularly to play the card game Rummy.

Caption: Irene Martin has celebrated her 107th birthday surrounded by family and friends.