She once flew over Antarctica and now Dorothy Sharrock has experienced another high in her life.
Known to friends as 'Dot', she is one of Queensland's newest centenarians after turning 100 on 1 July.
Born and raised in Hughenden on 1 July 2021, Dot was one of 11 children.
She enjoyed playing vigoro and basketball and attending her local Salvation Army youth group.
Dot left school at the age of 14 and worked in hotels and cafés in Hughenden and Townsville. After moving to Brisbane, Dot worked as a domestic at Brisbane Girls Grammar School for 25 years and lived on the school campus at Spring Hill.
After retiring in her mid-60s, Dot travelled around Australia and overseas, visiting countries such as Japan, China and New Zealand. She also enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime day flight over Antarctica.
In retirement, Dot also enjoyed playing indoor bowls and hosted card games mornings for friends at her home.
Dot now lives at the Carinity Wishart Gardens aged care community in Brisbane where she still enjoys the little pleasures of life, whether it be wearing nail polish, eating custard apples, or relaxing in the garden listening to the native birds.
Rod Schafferius says longevity is in the genes for his aunt. Four of Dot's siblings are still alive, aged between 88 and 96, and another sister lived to be 97.
He puts their long lives down to "a strong constitution, a healthy diet and everything in moderation".