Mabel Armstrong was born on the 17th of July 1913 in Bourke Rd Camberwell, making her our eldest resident as she has just turned 103 years old!.
Mabel spent her early years at Burwood Primary School, from there she would go on to become a professional hairdresser. She has always had a love for the outdoors, whether it was playing tennis, which used to cost her a shilling a week, or spending her time testing out her green thumb in her vegetable garden. The year was 1938 when Mabel turned 25 and it was in that year she married Nat Armstrong at St Johns Camberwell. The two had met through Nat’s sister; who Mabel had become friends with in the YWCA. Nat and Mabel adored dancing together and did so regularly. Together they built a home in East Burwood and went on to spend 10 months overseas – they even bought a car in London! Sadly, Nat passed away in December 1970. After he had passed, Mabel decided to start travelling again. She explored Canada and America all on her own. Mabel didn’t have any children, but she does have a wonderful nephew, Barry, who is her sister’s son. Barry has a wife Carolyn who Mabel describes as “marvelous”! In September 1983 Mabel moved to Cumberland View Retirement Village in order to be with her Sister. Together they organised trips all around Australia for the village. After her sister suddenly passed, Mabel moved into Cumberland View Aged Care in August 2007 where she is now enjoying life. She says the best thing that she ever did was move into the village, and the best part about living at Cumberland View is the wonderful staff. Mabel enjoys spending her time making jewelry, knitting lace, and is still an avid gardener. The staff at Cumberland View describe Mabel as “incredibly sharp with a great sense of humour”. We asked what her words of advice would be to the younger generations. Her reply was simply;
“Keep busy. Keep the family together and there is no such word as can’t!”