Arthur Bates
Birth: 25 October 1881
United Kingdom
Death: 19 January 1992
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Age: 110 years, 86 days
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Arthur Bates (25 October 1881 – 19 January 1992) was a British-New Zealand supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Arthur Bates moved to Australia just before the Napier earthquake of 1931, 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'.

If validated, he would be the first (and only) male supercentenarian from New Zealand, as well as the first ever supercentenarian from New Zealand.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Thomas Salmon • Unknown • Arthur Bates • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • Hubert HardenWilliam Buttler Hayes • Ted Lucas • Lawrence Morris Blyth • Bright Williams • Cecil HamiltonErnest Ryland • Trevor Henry • Harold Clark • Dudley Sainsbury • Taiwung Yu Hoi • Harry Duncan Andrews • Ian ChirnsideBob EdwardsHoward BussRonald Hermanns

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