A young Walter Davidson with his first-born Des Davidson.
A young Walter Davidson with his first-born Des Davidson. Contributed

Bay man turns 100 on the same day his sister reaches 109

WALTER Davidson and his sister Evelyn Myrtle not only share the same birthday but are the only two out of nine siblings to live past 100.

Mr Davidson, who has lived in Pialba since 1977, celebrated his big 100th birthday with his family at Fair Haven Aged Care Facility in Urraween on January 9 and used Skype to "attend" his sister's 109th birthday party in Brisbane.

The two, who last saw each other at Mrs Myrtle's 100th birthday party nine years ago, wished each other happy birthday and showed off their birthday parties via Skype.

Walter Davidson with his sister Evelyn Myrtle in 1998 in front of Walter's house in Pialba.
Walter Davidson with his sister Evelyn Myrtle in 1998 in front of Walter's house in Pialba. Contributed

The younger Mr Davidson said his father could one day take the throne of his sister and become Queensland's oldest resident if longevity runs in the family

My father worked really hard, grew his own vegetables and still lives a healthy life," he said. Having served in the army and air force, Mr Davidson was sent to England during the war in 1944 where he served as a bomber pilot.

Despite all the adversities faced during the war time, Mr Davidson according to his son has always been a happy, loving man.

"He is caring, pleasant and an extremely good neighbour, often sharing his home-grown vegetables with them," he said.

He also became a successful man managing two businesses.

"In the 50s, my father purchased a fruit shop and later, the famous 'The Kingaroy Toy Shop' before retiring in the Bay after 20 years.

Mr Davidson moved to Fair Haven in 2008 together with his wife Hazel but sadly Hazel passed away in 2010.

Walter Davidson at his 100th birthday party with his granddaughter Karen Blackburn.
Walter Davidson at his 100th birthday party with his granddaughter Karen Blackburn. Contributed