He pub crawls at 100
MELBOURNE, Sat. – A centenarian who last week “lost” his appendix is a popular headache to his nurses.
The centenarian, John Clancy, has a habit of going A.W.L. from the hospital for a pub crawl with fellow old-timers.
Clancy, a Mallee wheat farmer, had his 100th birthday in May.
Doctors at Warracknabeal (Victoria) Hospital last week removed Clancy’s appendix.
Victorian doctors believe an appendectomy on a man of that age could be a world record.
Clancy says his recipe for how to live to be 100 is: “Drink deep, smoke like billy-oh, work as hard as you have to, and hate the Tories good and proper”.
As a shearer he was in Jerilderie “on a bender” and saw Ned Kelly rob a bank.
“Ned and two of his gang made a swaggie get an axe from a store and chop down the bank door right under Constable Devine’s nose,” Clancy says.
“To add insult to injury, next morning Ned pinched the constable’s uniform and made Mrs. Devine accompany him to Mass.”
– Daily Telegraph (Sydney) Sunday 1 August 1954.
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