Jean McCarthy on her 110th birthday.
|Birth:||4 May 1908|
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
|Death:||12 August 2018|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Age:||110 years, 100 days|
Jean Bonar McCarthy (née Walker; 4 May 1908 – 12 August 2018) was an Australian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the oldest known Australian-born person, and the second-oldest known living person in Australia behind UK-born Margaret Vivian.
McCarthy was born Jean Walker in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, on 4 May 1908. Her Scottish grandparents had settled in the area in 1852, during their quest for gold. She had two brothers named Jim and Don. She received tuition in singing from the age of three and, with her brothers, performed in patriotic concerts and pantomimes during World War 1. She recalls the street celebrations at the end of the war.
In 1926, aged 18, she rode her first motorbike. Over a decade later, in 1937, she married Frank McCarthy, with whom she had a daughter, Heather. One of her bridesmaids was Mary Isobella Crean, the wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Crean, who died on 28 January 2018 at the age of 103. On her 100th birthday, two of her bridesmaids had attended the celebrations, but all were deceased by her 110th birthday. In 2018, when she turned 110, it was reported that she liked to watch football on the television and was amazed by current technology.
McCarthy died in Templestowe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 12 August 2018 at the age of 110 years, 100 days. She was the oldest known person in Victoria at the time of her death.