|Birth:||25 October 1881|
Liverpool, England, UK
|Death:||19 January 1992|
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
|Age:||110 years, 86 days|
Arthur Bates was born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom on 25 October 1881. In 1892, he emigrated to New Zealand with his parents and siblings on the ship 'Kaikoura'. He moved to Australia just before the Napier earthquake of 1931 to start a trucking business over there, but returned to New Zealand after it failed and moved to Napier's Parkview home in 1966. He was a fan of cricket and loved to use the radio and turn into cricket. At the age of 109, he could still walk unaided and had a sharp mind despite his sight and hearing failing a bit. Every year on his birthday, he would tell reporters to 'not get married'.
Arthur Bates died in Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand on 19 January 1992 at the age of 110 years, 86 days. If validated, he would be the first (and only) male supercentenarian from New Zealand, as well as the first ever supercentenarian from New Zealand.
- 109 not out! says Arthur Bates Dominion Sunday Times, 25 November 1990
- Kiwi turns 110 The Age, 26 November 1991
|New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Thomas Salmon • Unknown • Arthur Bates • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • Hubert Harden • William Buttler Hayes • Ted Lucas • Lawrence Morris Blyth • Bright Williams • Cecil Hamilton • Ernest Ryland • Trevor Henry • Harold Clark • Dudley Sainsbury • Taiwung Yu Hoi • Harry Duncan Andrews • Ian Chirnside • Bob Edwards • Howard Buss • Ronald Hermanns