Hearty congratulations to Walter Blundell Maple of Campbells Creek, Victoria, Australia,on achieving his 100th birthday.
Walter is likely to be the oldest member of the Maple family in Australia. He is certainly the oldest member of those Maples born at Hay Flat near Yankalilla.
He was born at Hillside at Yankalilla on 10 Apr 1909. Walter left Adelaide at the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and became a successful professional athlete in Victoria.
During the depression years he co-owned a gold dredging business in the Castlemaine area that produced some 2,000 ounces of gold over 10 years. During WW2 he helped to build anti-aircraft guns and later became a fitter for the Victorian firm of Thompsons.
Two of his cousins and one Aunt were also centenarians.