What comes after turning 102? More birthdays, according to Bolton Clarke Centenarian Club member Thelma Sprott., who lives at the Inverpine residential aged care community at Murrumba Downs.
“I’m not quite sure how I got to be 101, but I guess it’s ok, I don’t really know what comes after that – I guess more birthdays,” she laughs.
“I have four sons, 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
“I have to have a phone in my room. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t keep up with all the news!”
Thelma was born at Canungra on 28 November 1916, the sixth child of Rosina and Victor Shogren, and grew up as one of nine children with three brothers and five sisters.
She went to school in Canungra until she was six yrs old when the family moved to Sherwood in Brisbane.
She attended Brisbane State High where she excelled at hurdling and netball.
As the depression took hold in 1930 she was offered work at Morrows Biscuits, which she took to help support the family. She worked there for 10 years until she was married and says her claim to fame was hand-icing the popular Iced Vo-Vo Biscuits.
She remembers her mother working hard to make ends meet, including sewing underwear from Sea Foam Flour bags of white calico.
“The Sea Foam print would not always wash out and you could have it written across your bottom,” she recalls.
Thelma meet her husband Eric Sprott when her older sister married Eric’s brother. They courted for 15 months before marrying on 19th April 1941, honeymooning at Redcliffe and renting a house in Corinda for 10 Shillings a week.
A favourite outing for the newlyweds was catching the train to Indooroopilly on a Sunday and walking to the top of Mt Coot-tha,where they would boil the billy and have toasted honey sandwiches.
Eric worked as a Panel Beater for a number of years and in 1949 the family moved to Petrie, where he became Service Manager for North Pine Motors.
Thelma was active for many years in her church and still attends services every Sunday, where she is a loved member of the congregation.
She is a Life Member of Pine Rivers Rowing Club and a few months ago the clubhouse was named in her honour the “Thelma Sprott Boathouse”.