Congratulations to much loved resident of Dianella, 'Nelly' on turning 100 years old today.
Petronella was born in Holland on 11 January 1916. She lived in Rotterdam for 40 years and married Nicolaas, a carpenter on 6 March 1940. Soon after they began their family and had two children, Sibilla and Nicolaas (pictured here with mum). After experiencing the hardships of World War II and the impact it had on Europe, Petronella and Nicolaas decide...d to move to Australia in 1956 to begin a new life. They settled in Barwon Heads, Victoria and travelled to a number of small country towns to live like Fawkner, Geelong and Murchison. Over the years Petronella worked as a fine seamstress, a leather bag and wallet maker and was a wonderful wife and mother. Over the past 20 years, Petronella called Broadford, Seymour and now Kilmore her home. Apart from her eye sight, her health is remarkable and her sense of humour and outlook on life is positive and easy going. Petronella says that the trick to her longevity is coffee, chocolate and cookies every day! She is a proud mother of two, grandmother of six and great grandmother of seven. We wish Petronella a very happy 100th birthday. She has also received best wishes from the Queen, Prime Minister and Governor.