Jean Duncan proudly sits in an armchair overlooking the ever-changing landscape of Warragul – a place she has called home for 97 of her 100 years.
What she lacks in stature, she makes up with her spritely attitude and big smile. She easily recalls tales of her childhood and early life in Warragul.
Jean was born during World War I at a private hospital in Elsternwick on May 25, 1917. She came to Warragul with her family at age three and, after marrying husband Jim, has lived in her Warragul house for more than 75 years.
Jean celebrated her 100th birthday with a family party of about 25 people at Warragul Country Club on Sunday.
As opportunities in women’s sport grow, it appears Jean was ahead of her time, laughing as admitting “I used to play cricket with the boys”.
“There were four boys so, of course, they played cricket. Me being the tomboy, they asked if I’d like to bat, which I did.”
Jean was proud to be dux of grade six at Warragul State School but “some smart alec put me in grade seven, so I was a year behind them all (her friends) when I got to Warragul High School”.