Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Family Matriarch Marks 101; Ramsamys Prepare to Celebrate

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Family Matriarch Marks 101; Ramsamys Prepare to Celebrate

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Byline: Ashley Pillhofer Ashley.Pillhofer@dailymercury.com.au

THE day before her 101st birthday, Nolear Ramsamy sat in the shade under the house and delighted some of her many, many relatives with tales from "back in the day".

Mrs Ramsamy, known better in the community as Auntie Ramsamy, said despite the excitement others had for the big day, for her 101 is simply just another birthday.

"I don't seem to be thinking about that, birthdays, they come and go," she said.

The topic of her very big family draws a huge smile.

She laughs as she explains that the family has lost count of the many young descendants.

Not all of them will be at the celebration, unfortunately.

She said it was simply too difficult to co-ordinate all 11 children, 12 siblings, 39 grandchildren, 97 great-grandchildren, 49 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren for one birthday event.

Besides, it would be tough finding a venue that would fit them all in one room.

Last year, on her birthday, MrsRamsamy received the best present she could ask for - her 49th great-great-grandchild Tashaya.

Mrs Ramsamy said if the events of last year repeated, she would not be able to cope.

"If I get another grandchild, oh boy, I will end up in hospital," she said.

When asked what the secret to a long and happy life is, MrsRamsamy chuckled and smiled at Theresa Jefferson, her friend of over 60 years.

The secret she says, is fishing.

Mrs Ramsamy said she and Auntie Theresa loved to go on fishing trips.

"We fish and then we spearfish, we spend a lot of time at the beach," MsJefferson said.

"Yes, we fish night and day," MrsRamsamy added.

The two launched into an old story of a time they ventured out to McCreadys Creek in the middle of the night.

"Sometimes we go fishing in the night, like at 11 o'clock. …

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