Port Macquarie resident Alice Jane Groves celebrated her 100th birthday on December 23.
The former Victorian-now-NSW resident was originally born in the south-western town of Hamilton in 1921. She has two sisters and two brothers, but is the first to reach the century milestone.
Alice completed her schooling at Hamilton State School and Hamilton State High School where she gained her High School Certificate.
She travelled with friends around the South Island of New Zealand on a gap year in 1939 and would later marry in 1942 before giving birth to two sons, Neville and Joseph.
The family lived in Swan Hill and owned a local butcher shop before moving to Bendigo to run the first rotisserie cooked chicken bar in the area.
After losing her husband to cancer, Alice re-entered the work force in Melbourne. She would later meet future husband Richard and marry again, the pair spending 20 years together before his passing to cancer.
When Alice was asked the secret to living to 100, she said that it was a mystery and it doesn't run in her family.
When asked for marital advice she said never go to sleep on an argument, work hard and laugh every day.
At 70, Alice relocated to Port Macquarie to be nearer to Joseph after losing Neville to cancer.
She spends her time at Regis Port Macquarie participating in daily exercise, bingo, mind games, ladies coffee outing and conversations with family, other residents and staff.
Alice has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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