Ex-Tarlee resident marks a century

100TH BIRTHDAY: Bill Corey OAM, with Tarlee Historian John Tayler, and family member Riley Beaton, who now attends Tarlee Primary School.

100TH BIRTHDAY: Bill Corey OAM, with Tarlee Historian John Tayler, and family member Riley Beaton, who now attends Tarlee Primary School.

Former Tarlee resident, Mr Bill Corey OAM, now living at Rostrevor was born at Riverton on August 7, 1917.  

He lived the first 10 years of his life at Tarlee where his parents ran the local butcher shop and bakery – more recently the Grasshopper Roadhouse. Bill moved with his parents when they shifted to Adelaide and was called up for service in the AIF during World War II. Serving in many theatres of war (he has written an account of his wartime experiences), he returned to civilian life by following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a butcher.  

He remembers vividly his youthful years at Tarlee and how simple and relaxed life was in those days. He has maintained contact with the town by attending many reunions, and talking to descendants of those he knew.  

He loves addressing the students of the school and relating to them how life was when he attended it.   

A celebration by family and friends at Rostrevor on Sunday was one of several functions, including one at Government House on Monday, his actual birthday, arranged to honour the occasion. An interesting aspect is that recently a young family descendant, Riley Beaton, has enrolled at Tarlee School soon to be followed by his brother. Members of his family gave comprehensive accounts of his long life and Bill eloquently responded, giving the impression that he has many more years of being able to pass on his huge chest of  memories to future generations.

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