Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Betty Guides the Way; Grafton Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday Milestone

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Betty Guides the Way; Grafton Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday Milestone

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Byline: Clair Morton clair.morton@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHEN Betty Gipp was presented with a letter from the Queen yesterday, congratulating the centenarian on her 100th birthday, her eyes lit up.

An English native, she has always been a loyal royalist.

But since a flip of the coin brought her family to Australia as "10 pound Poms" in April 1957, Mrs Gipp also threw herself into the Australian way of life.

"We were actually to go to The Entrance near Gosford ... but the house wasn't big enough," son Robin said.

"(A relative) Arthur Lang lived in Grafton and he said 'I'll sponsor you'.

"When we came here because we came from another country ... we also felt that we had an obligation to do things to make things work and fit in.

"It was a privilege to be able to come for a start."

As well as being a full-time mother of three children, Mrs Gipp threw herself into charity work around the Clarence Valley.

"When I first started my business Mum did all the bookwork for me, we were very, very close," Robin said. …

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