Happy 100th birthday, Mollie!

Mollie with her great grandchildren and great-great nieces and nephews Ned, Mollie, Amelie, Leon, Josie and Frankie.
Mollie with her great grandchildren and great-great nieces and nephews Ned, Mollie, Amelie, Leon, Josie and Frankie.

Mollie Shannon celebrated her 100th birthday with close family and friends on May 15. 

Mollie is a resident of Bowral House and has had a very full, and exciting life. 

She was born in Sydney and had two siblings, a brother and a sister. As a young girl she wanted to go to university to study English, but with the start of the Great Depression, she was unable to do so. 

After school she worked as a typist at 2GB radio before she decided to sing for the troops during the war. 

Her voice led her to some amazing experiences, including performing a solo with the Sydney Philarmonic Choir, singing at the Sydney Conservatorium and Town Hall. She also sang with conductors like Joseph Post and Eugene Goosens. 

A few years late, Mollie married a man named David, who was a bomber pilot during the war. 

After the war he became a pilot for Qantas and in the 1970s he retired and he and Mollie bought a farm together on Oldbury Road at Moss Vale. 

They lived on the farm for about 10 year before David got sick and they had to move to Bowral. 

Mollie has lived in Bowral ever since and loves the Southern Highlands. 

She had two daughters with David, Virginia and Kim. She also has five grand children and two great grandchildren.