From horse and buggy to motorcars in a single lifetime

EVEN today, Arthur Binney is amazed at the number of cars on the road.

That's because he can remember the time when there were hardly any of the motorised vehicles in existence - horse and buggy was the way to get around.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Arthur Binney, of Ballina, celebrated his 100th birthday on May 25.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Arthur Binney, of Ballina, celebrated his 100th birthday on May 25. Doug Eaton

Arthur, who lives in Ballina Community Aged Care, turned 100 on Saturday.

He recalls life was simply a lot slower in his younger days.

So slow, in fact, that he spent the time walking from Rosebank to Lismore to sing in choirs.

"I liked walking," he said.

"Time was nothing in those days.

"Now, it's get up and you have got to get going."

Mind you, in his memory, time flew when Mr Binney made the voyage from his place of birth in Sheffield, England, to Australia as a 16-year-old - even though it took six weeks.

His father had died in the FirstWorld War and his mother died when he was aged seven, and, after spending some time living with his grandfather, he was put in foster care through welfare organisations.

When he turned 16, he was advised to pay the 10 pounds to come to Australia where he was told he would have a better life.

"I was in England one day and the next I was on the other side of the world milking cows," he said of the voyage to Australia.

Mr Binney arrived in Kyogle on work-farm release where he worked before then spending his work days on share farms and his own farm dairying and growing cane throughout the North Coast, including at Rosebank and East Gundurimba.

He said the secret to his longevity was a good wife and a good family.

He was married to Aileen for 67 years. She died six years ago.

Mr Binney has three children (one deceased), nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


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