Ex-Tarlee resident marks a century

100TH BIRTHDAY: Bill Corey OAM, with Tarlee Historian John Tayler, and family member Riley Beaton, who now attends Tarlee Primary School.

100TH BIRTHDAY: Bill Corey OAM, with Tarlee Historian John Tayler, and family member Riley Beaton, who now attends Tarlee Primary School.

Former Tarlee resident Bill Corey OAM, is celebrating his 100th birthday, after being born at Riverton on August 7, 1917.  

Mr Corey began his life in Tarlee, where his parents rand a butcher shop and bakery. He then moved to Adelaide before being called to the AIF during World War II – he has since written an account of his wartime experiences. On return he followed in his father’s footsteps as a butcher.

A celebration by family and friends at Rostrevor on Sunday was one of several functions to celebrate his birthday, including one at Government House on Monday.

An interesting aspect is that recently a young family descendant, Riley Beaton, has enrolled at Tarlee School soon to be followed by his brother. Members of his family gave comprehensive accounts of his long life and Bill eloquently responded, giving the impression that he has many more years of being able to pass on his chest of  memories to future generations.

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