Lena Kane celebrating her 100th birthday at the Gayndah Bowls Club with her family, the Dobsons.
Lena Kane celebrating her 100th birthday at the Gayndah Bowls Club with her family, the Dobsons. Felicity Ripper

A century of love, lemonade and sherry

When Lena Kane hits the streets of Gayndah she can't get further than a few metres before bumping into a friend for a chat.

With a twinkle in her eye the well-loved local, who turned 100 on Friday, jokes that there is no secret to a long life, except maybe her favourite drink; sherry and lemonade.

"I never thought I would reach one hundred,” Ms Kane said.

"I have had a great time living in Gayndah and Byrnestown, everyone has been so nice to me.”

Ms Kane moved to the area in 1945, living with the Dobsons who became like her own family.

"She's a second mother, a big sister and a great friend,” Tom Dobson said.

"I never doubted that Lena would live a long life. She's a very strong, loving person and she has always given more than she's ever received.”

Close friend Helen Walker describes Ms Kane as an icon to the town so it comes as no surprise that the locals threw her more than one birthday celebration.

Ms Kane's aged care home, Gunther Village, hosted a party for her on Friday morning.

On Saturday she was treated to a luncheon with family and friends at Gayndah Bowls Club, where she made a name for herself in her younger years.

"My favourite memories here are going to church and playing bowls... but that's a bit too risky now.”

When local Anne Kenny, previously Slaughter, was just four years old Ms Kane moved to town.

Her first memories were of Ms Kane, then 24, working hard on the dairy and still having time to play marbles with the young Slaughter girls at the end of a long day.

"She was a very beautiful girl, a peace-keeper, and she still is,” Mrs Kenny said.

"Just look at her smile.”