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Doris turns 100

When Doris Lobb (nee Taylor) was born Stanley Bruce was Australia’s Prime Minister and King George V was on the throne.

Last week the 100-year-old received a birthday card from that King’s great grandson, King Charles III and his wife Camilla to mark her amazing milestone.

The Royal greeting was among several from politicians and Governors which were admired at a special birthday gathering for Doris at the Anglicare retirement village at Castle Hill where she has lived for the past 17 years..

Doris was born at home in Kogarah where she lived with her parents Mary and Wiliam Taylor and her three siblings (Norma, Billy and Bobby).

She met her husband Ainsley at Kogarah Railway Station where he worked in the kiosk selling sweets and gum. He definitely liked the look of this particular commuter and would give her free gum and sweets. Dorice was a machinist at the Betta Shoe Factory and so would pass the kiosk several times a week.


It took a while but he eventually plucked up the courage to ask her out on a date and they were married in 1944. They celebrated for over 70 years of marriage together before Ainsley passed away.

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They had four children (Maxwell, Brian, Coleen and Alan), four grandchildren (Kelly, Russell, Andrew and Christopher), At the moment Doris has five great granddaughters (Hannah, Ashleigh, Lauren, Emma and Evelyn) with a sixth grandchild due any day now.

Doris and Ainsley raised their family in Seven Hills before retiring to the Blue Mountains after 24 years working for Prospect County Council. The couple then moved to Baulkham Hills to live before moving to the Anglican Retirement Village at Castle Hill in 2007.

Her grand daughter Kelly said it was a lovely celebration lunch with family, including her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“My memories include spending many summers taking Nan to the SCG to watch the Cricket – she loved it, and also to live musicals.

“She loved spending time with her family, watching the daytime soap operas and reading the weekly magazines and would talk fondly about her working life where she worked hard as a machinist for Hestia and Playtex.

“She (also) has a huge sweet tooth (probably keeping Cadbury in business).”

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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