Saluting SA’s most amazing siblings

IN their extraordinary collective lifetime of nearly three centuries, these Adelaide siblings have survived a world war,

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GOOD MATES: Siblings Edna Goudge, who turns 100 this weekend, Joyce Northey, 94, and Sam Roberts, 91. Picture: TOM HUNTLEY

Edna Goudge turns 100 this weekend, sister Joyce Northey celebrates her 95th birthday later this year and “baby” brother Sam Roberts will be 92 in October.

The timeless trio from the western beaches could well be South Australia’s oldest living siblings.

Mrs Goudge lives in Semaphore but grew up in Henley Beach with her siblings — including eldest sister Hazel, who died at the age of 80.

She will be the first in her family to turn 100.

“We are the only three that might make the 100, and I’m the first one,” she said.

“I haven’t been overseas and I have no desire to go and all I want to do is be with my family.”

Mrs Goudge, who worked at the post office in the city, says she’s treating her 100th as “just an ordinary birthday”.

“There’s no secret, you just keep going,” she said.

Sister Joyce, who turns 95 in October, said the family’s longevity was “unique”.

“It’s very amazing really because our parents didn’t live to that extent,” she said.

“My sister and I used to play bowls at the Grange Bowling Club right up until well into our 80s, which we enjoyed.”

Mr Roberts, who also celebrates his birthday in October, is a life member of the Henley Surf Life Saving Club, having joined in 1937, and served in the navy during World War II.

Asked what the secret to his longevity was, he said: “Well, it must be the clean living at Henley Beach”.

Between them, they have eight children and 31 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs Goudge has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Mrs Northey has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and Mr Roberts has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs Northey says growing up during World War II was “not a very pleasant time” but the sisters stuck together and are still close today.

“We shared a bedroom when we were at home and we have always been very good mates,” she said. “We’ve always been pretty close, and she rings me or I ring her and we always have lovely talks.

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