Kruger on his 110th birthday in January 2020
|Birth:||13 January 1910|
Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia
|Age:||111 years, 11 days|
Dexter Kruger (born 13 January 1910) is an Australian supercentenarian and author who is the oldest known living person in Australia. His age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.
Early Life and Family
Kruger was born on 13 January 1910 in Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia. He started selling cattle in his own name when he was 16, and acquired his own farmland in his twenties. He was a pioneer of the live-weight cattle selling system; in 1951, as a member of the United Graziers Association, he moved a motion to have live-weight scales installed in Cannon Hill, Queensland. He continued working as a farmer until he retired at the age of 95.
Kruger married Gladys Beanland in 1942, with whom he had one son, Greg. They were married for over 50 years before her death in the 1990s. Two of Kruger's cousins lived to 100, and his aunt lived to 103.
Kruger lived on his own until the age of 103, when he moved into a care home in Roma, Queensland, Australia. A fellow resident at the home, Olive Reade, was four days younger than Kruger and they sometimes celebrated their birthdays together until Reade's death in November 2018.
Kruger was taken for a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the age of 106. In December 2018, a month before his 109th birthday, he was visited by Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker and Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly Ann Leahy.
At the age of 109, Kruger was still exercising daily. On 13 January 2020, he celebrated his 110th birthday.
Kruger started writing books at the age of 86, following the death of his wife. In total, he has written more than 300 stories in 12 books, the most recent being As You Like it, published on his 109th birthday. He has also written poetry.
In May 2019, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk purchased his collection of 12 books for permanent placement in the State Library of Queensland. It was also reported that he was working on his 13th book, a biography on the Kruger family.
Kruger featured in a documentary called The 100+ Club, broadcast on Australian television in 2012, which followed the lives of Kruger and two other centenarians who lived active lives.
In 2013, Kruger was interviewed for the podcast 100 Not Out, in which he talked about his life, detailed his dietary habits, and read some of his own poetry.
In 2017, Kruger was interviewed as part of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That series, in which interviewees are asked questions that people might be afraid to ask. When asked about sex, Kruger said “I’ve only had one girl in my life. I think one is enough. One is enough at a time, anyway.” He also stated that the telephone was the best invention he's seen during his lifetime, describing it as “like magic."
In June 2020, Kruger was interviewed for ABC's RN Drive programme after becoming a digital subscriber to his local newspaper, which had stopped its print editions as a cost-saving response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kruger was originally believed to have become Australia's oldest living man following the death of Alfred Powell on 30 April 2017. However, it is now believed he gained this title upon the death of Hilton Nunn on 17 October 2017.
Kruger became the oldest living person in Australia after the death of Mabel Crosby on 29 December 2020, the first man to hold this title since John Campbell Ross in 2009. However, he has been the oldest known living Australian-born person since the death of Wilhelmina Overall on 21 October 2018, as Crosby was born in England.
After turning 110, Kruger became the fifth recorded male supercentenarian in the history of Australia, as well as the first from Queensland. As of July 2020, Kruger is the second-oldest Australian male of all-time, after Jack Lockett.
- Dexter Kruger IMDB
- The 100+ Club documentary
- And They Came to Roma Saleyards John Gilfoyle, 2007 (p. 114)
- Our Dexter turns 102 The Chronicle, 14 January 2012
- 100 on the clock The Courier-Mail, 24 June 2012
- Dexter Kruger: 103 Years young The Wellness Couch, 19 July 2013
- Dexter Kruger celebrates 105 years The Western Star, 13 January 2015
- Roma's oldest resident finishes his latest book The Western Star, 6 December 2016
- Roma home of two 107-year-old residents Queensland Country Life, 19 January 2017
- ‘I don’t keep a record’: Centenarians tackle the delicate question of sex News.com.au, 30 May 2017
- Roma man becomes oldest in Australia Queensland Country Life, 14 July 2017
- Australian oldest man turns 108 The Western Star, 13 January 2018
- Australia's oldest man inspires senator The Western Star, 18 December 2018
- 109th birthday report 7 News Brisbane (via Facebook), 13 January 2019
- Dexter celebrates 109th Western Star, 14 January 2019
- Dexter's ready to do his best work at 110 The Sunday Mail, 19 May 2019
- Stories of Australia's oldest man to inspire generations Dalby Herald, 22 May 2019
- Dexter Kruger Interview Queensland Seniors, 12 October 2019
- 'Don't stop breathing... you'll die': Australia's oldest man reveals his secrets to longevity as he celebrates his 110th birthday Daily Mail, 12 January 2020
- Australia's oldest man celebrates 110th birthday - and shares secret to long life 7 News, 13 January 2020
- Australia's oldest man turns to digital news at 110 years old ABC, 29 June 2020
- Australia's oldest person Dexter Kruger celebrates 111th birthday in Roma ABC News, 13 January 2021
|Australia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Jessie Pearce • Clara Byrne • Ada Sharp • Honora Corrigan • Mary Keefer • Josephine Gasse • Elizabeth Swatton • Samuel Rowe • Sarah Potter • Jane Piercy • Mary Nixon • Caroline Mockridge • Agnes Dodds • Mary Hurley • Ada Whitfield • Beatrice Pollock • Gertie Nesbitt • Kit St. Clair • Ada Cleggett • Ada Stockdale • Mary MacPherson • Christina Cock • Jessie Hurley • Alice Lindsay • Sarah Davey • Myra Nicholson • E. Beatrice Riley • John Campbell Ross • Miriam Schmierer • Eva McConnell • Jane Gray • Vi Robbins • Ethel Farrell • Mary Whitehurst • Marjorie Cooke • Margaret Vivian • Wilhelmina Overall • Agnes Kluckhenn • Mabel Crosby • Dexter Kruger
|Australia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Robert Hewson • Gordon Williams • Frederick McGill • Robert McMieken • Kosta Malco • James Wright • Robert Jordan • Jack Lockett • William Caddy • Sydney Bond • Frank Scarrabelotti • John Campbell Ross • Claude Choules • James Hope • Fred Lunghusen • Alfred Date • Alfred Powell • Hilton Nunn • Dexter Kruger