Great-grandmother takes in the sights during Geraldton port visit

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Back, MWPA chief executive Rochelle Macdonald and Dulcie Fawcett's great-grandson, port worker Nic Thomas. Front, Pat Thomas, Dulcie Fawcett and Lenore Thomas.
Camera IconBack, MWPA chief executive Rochelle Macdonald and Dulcie Fawcett's great-grandson, port worker Nic Thomas. Front, Pat Thomas, Dulcie Fawcett and Lenore Thomas. Credit: Mid West Ports Authority

Geraldton’s oldest resident got to see where her grandson worked for the first time when she was invited to the recent Mid West Port Authority community open day.

Dulcie Fawcett, 106, is one of only two people in Geraldton who have been alive for 10 decades.

The Juniper Hillcrest resident, who is 50 years older than the port, was one of 1500 people who attended the open day, which provided an insight into a facility usually extremely restricted to public access.

MWPA chief executive Rochelle Macdonald said Mrs Fawcett was a very special guest.

“A highlight for our team was when one of our staff members was able to take his 106-year-old great-grandmother for a tour of the port,” Ms Macdonald said.

“She was delighted that she could get to see where her (great-)grandson actually worked.”

Mrs Fawcett was born on a South Australian farm in 1913 and moved to WA in 1927, where she lived in Arrino, Chapman Valley and Geraldton.

She has lived through two world wars and 26 Australian prime ministers.

The Mid West Port Authority is holding 50th anniversary celebrations throughout year. More events are planned for the rest of 2019.

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