Flo cuts cake at QCWA meet

MILESTONE: Flo O’Hanlon celebrates her 94th birthday.
MILESTONE: Flo O’Hanlon celebrates her 94th birthday. Contributed

FLO O'Hanlon was one of nine children born on the family cane farm at Strathdickie and last week she celebrated 94 years.

Back in her early days, Strathdickie had a school. It was a small school and a lot of the time Ms O'Hanlon was the only girl in attendance.

Ms O'Hanlon and her family settled at Myrtle Creek some four miles out of the Proserpine township. It was here she began assisting the farming community by helping out in households.

One day she met a widower, Mr Ewing, who required her assistance, staying with him until his girls were raised.

Her courtship to her husband William began on an outing to the Proserpine local picture theatre and after three years he proposed. "I couldn't (have) been happier," Ms O'Hanlon said. "We raised two beautiful children together between running a family cane farming operation and cattle too." In 2006 Ms O'Hanlon was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the QCWA, for over 25 years of service to the Country Women's Association.

Last week she celebrated her birthday with the QCWA Proserpine branch, which also held its AGM and honoured International Day.

"The QCWA has given me opportunities to build friendships and be a part of this strong community I've called home for nearly a century. I hope the QCWA Proserpine Branch remains strong and that new members enjoy this town as I have," she said.

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