The Calvary Retirement Community at Ryde in Sydney's north last month celebrated the 100th birthday of popular resident Sister Eymard McNamara, reports The Weekly Times.
Family members from Adelaide and Brisbane converged at the retirement village to officially celebrate Eymard’s milestone on March 23.
The Weekly Times met the evergreen Sr Eymard to congratulate the retired nursing sister on her personal achievement.
Born and raised on a sheep station in the Adelaide Hills with her younger twin brothers John and Richard, the astute Sr Eymard was educated at Yarcowie and Coramendal Valley public schools. 'My parents John and Jean managed a sheep station "Craigburn" in Blackwood before they bought a property adjacent to another station in Lorrette,' Sr Eymard said.
'I left school at the age of 15 to help mum around the sheep station and at 16 thought about entering the convent.'
Sr Eymard was interested in nursing and at the age of 17 joined The Little Company of Mary, an International Marian Congregation of religious women who commit their lives to prayer and care for the suffering and dying of the world.
'I was posted to Lewisham Hospital in Sydney on February 11, 1932 – six weeks before the Harbour Bridge was opened – where I began my religion and nursing training,' Sr Eymard said.
FULL STORY 100 years young (The Weekly Times)