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Joan Dooley cuts the cake on 100 magnificent years | Photos | The Macleay Argus



More than 70 friends and family joined Joan Dooley as she celebrated her 100th birthday at the Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday 20 February. Joan, who has lived in Crescent Head for 29 years, has a long association with the Macleay as her twin sister, Pat Riggs, was a journalist and then editor of the Macleay Argus for many years. Born in Sydney in 1921, Joan said one of lasting childhood memories was seeing the arches of the Harbour Bridge join up in 1930. Upon leaving school, Joan studied to be a teacher, a career that would last for decades. One of her first teaching positions was in Casino. She was transferred to Broken Hill where she met her husband, Alan, also a teacher. She had a son, Peter in the early 50’s…

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