For Brenda Weiberle, the internet, email, fast food, and mobile phones weren’t even in existence when she was born in February of 1918. The world was a very different place, with the German Army making their final push on the Western Front of Europe after almost four years of War with the Allied Powers.
On Friday 23 February 2018, Brenda celebrated her 100th Birthday with her friends and family in Mary Mackillop, one of Carrington’s residential care facilities. Raad Richards, Carrington’s Chief Executive and senior staff were also in attendance, and wished Brenda health and happiness for the years ahead. He also presented her with flowers, a cake, and letters containing well wishes from the Queen, the Governor General, and the Prime Minister.
Born and raised in Elderslie, Brenda went to school at Camden Primary, and then travelled first to Liverpool, then Parramatta for high school. Brenda would commute during this time, leaving home at 7.00am to catch the train and often not returning until 7.00pm in the evening.
Upon completing her high school education, Brenda began a three year course in Nursery Schooling at Woolloomooloo, travelling from Camden each day for the entire three years. She was offered a teaching position in Surry Hills after completing her course. Eventually, after a move to North Sydney Prep, Brenda was promoted to Director of the facility.
Brenda lived through the Great Depression, but because of how sufficient the farm that she lived on was, it did not have a great effect on her or her family at the time.
Brenda married Jack Weiberle in 1942. Jack was a sergeant in the army during this time, and both he and Brenda remained in North Sydney until the end of the War. After the War, they moved back to Elderslie. Brenda worked on the family vineyard, growing and sending table grapes to markets in Sydney.
Brenda had two children, John and Julie. Julie unfortunately passed away in 2008. Brenda is much loved by her 5 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren- she takes a great interest in each and every one of them.
Some of her fondest memories from the past 100 years include the following:
- The flooding of the Nepean River, where her father would row a boat across the river into Camden, as the only other way to transport people and mail was via Picton at the time
- Sulky rides with her mother to visit Camelot for afternoon tea with Miss Faithfull-Anderson
- Seeing the very first truck come into Camden- where previously it had just been horses and buggies!
- Being at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and walking across it when it was opened to the public
- Seeing the incredible growth of transport over the past century, and seeing the first airplanes land at Camden airport
- Setting out on countless trips around Australia, and internationally
- Sailing with her father from Sydney to Broken Bay on the yacht, or just sailing around Sydney harbour
From all of us here at Carrington, Happy Birthday Brenda! Here’s to many more years of good health and happiness.