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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16382


Ms GAMBARO (1:54 PM) —What do you give a man who has turned 107, has experienced three different centuries and is Queensland's oldest man? He has already received certificates of congratulations from Her Majesty the Queen—twice—the Prime Minister, the state Premier and his federal member. But Sydney Arthur Bond, who turned 107 on 15 May 2003, is also a Slim Dusty fan. Given this information, my office set out to find some Slim memorabilia for Mr Bond as a surprise gift. Many believed it could not be done, but we were successful. Last Thursday, I presented Mr Bond with a framed autographed photo of Slim Dusty and an autographed copy of his book Another Day, Another Town. He was absolutely delighted by that. Mr Bond was born east of Roma, western Queensland in 1896 and married his sweetheart, Ivy, in 1929. He worked on the land for 45 years before moving to Woody Point in the Petrie electorate in 1975. He cherishes his four children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mr Bond has led an amazing life in that he was 102 before he came to live in the Ozanam Villa nursing home. He loves a laugh and he even gave me the challenge to have Slim Dusty in person for his 108th birthday next year. Sydney Bond, on behalf of the Petrie electorate, I congratulate you on this outstanding milestone.