With a glass of champagne and surrounded by her extended family, Mosman’s Betty Gemmell has celebrated her 106th birthday under brilliant blue skies at Balmoral.
It’s believed the incredible milestone makes the super centenarian NSW’s oldest woman.
“I enjoy life, and I am thrilled to have made it to 106,” Betty said at a special lunch held in her honour on Thursday, captured by award-winning local photographer Graham Monro from gmphotographics.
Betty Gemmell celebrates her 106th birthday at Public Dining Room.
Taking her seat at the head of the table, Miss Gemmell held court as well-wishers congratulated the ANZ Bank pioneer at the Public Dining Room.
Earlier, wait staff formed a guard on honour, and two Queenwood girls surprised Miss Gemmell with a bunch of flowers in recognition of her big day.
The blooms, in festive shades of pink and orange, were one of several bouquets delivered to the restaurant.
Queenwood students surprised Miss Gemmell with a bouquet of flowers in honour of her milestone birthday. Image: Graham Monro.
Local florist Matt Bisaro told Mosman Collective he wanted to “spread happiness and joy” on behalf of the local community, presenting Betty with a stunning arrangement of Hyacinths, Colombian Roses, Jonquils, Frilled Tulips, Lisianthus and Budlea.
“I am delighted to think that so many people care about me,” she said, “this has been a very memorable day.”
More than 100 birthday cards from kind-hearted Mosman Collective readers will be “treasured forever”, Betty said, along with giant posters created by Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two students at Shore School.