Jane survived the 2019 bushfires and celebrates turning 95

Jane Harrison cuts the cake for her 95th birthday. Photos: Susanna Freymark

Jane Harrison is 95 today.

Her son Ross Harrison made a speech about her at the Ellangowan Hall today, Saturday, November 4.

His mother Jane has seen many changes in her life, he said.

She saw the invention of sliced bread, the funeral of King George the sixth, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the second and some 70 years later the coronation of King Charles.

Jane’s grandfather was a doctor and he had one of the first cars in NSW – the number plate on that car was the number 5.

When World War II started, Jane was 10 years old.

She met her future husband at Sydney University where they were both studying geology.

Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow wishes Jane a Happy Birthday.

They married and went to Canada. They had two children – Ross and Fiona.

The family came back to Australia in 1959 to Adelaide and then to Sydney.

In the 70s, Jane and her husband travelled overseas to places such as Bangkok, Thailand, Philippines and New Zealand.

They bought the Ellangowan property in 1985 and built a home. Jane’s husband died in 1989.

On October 8, 2019, the Busbys Flat bushfire ripped through Ellangowan and Jane “lost everything but her life and car”, Ross said.

Jane has been involved in the Casino CWA, the Ellangowan RFS for 22 years, Probus, Quota, the Drill Hall Museum and in 2011 she was the Clarence Valley Woman of the Year.

Jane has six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She lives at St Michaels Aged Care facility in Casino.

Jane Harrison at Ellangowan Hall.
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