Joan Davey has worn many hats during her amazing life: professional musician, racehorse owner, socialite, mother and wife, and charity fundraiser.
Now she has achieved a rare milestone as the latest inductee into the 100 club for centenarians!
Known to her friends as ‘Joan’, the Carinity Brookfield Green resident turned 100 on March 24.
Born Enid Joan Davey in Macclesfield, South Australia in 1921, Joan’s love of music led to a professional career as an accomplished pianist from an early age.
As a teenager during World War II, she fell in love and married her childhood sweetheart, Robert. They had two children, a successful electrical business and enjoyed the sport of horse racing, owning and racing trotters.
After Robert and Joan divorced, Joan re-married in the early-1960s. Her second husband Norman’s work saw the couple travel extensively abroad, living in countries such as Philippines and Singapore.
Always the socialite, Joan quickly established herself within various charities in Manila and became a champion for underprivileged children.
After Joan and Norman returned to Sydney in the early-1970s, Joan began volunteering at Royal South Sydney Hospital and soon filled a vacant position as chief fundraising officer, raising money for a new rehabilitation centre.
Leaning on her social skills, Joan was a favourite of many high-profile notable Australians who supported her fundraising efforts for the hospital.
At the age of 80, Joan met a charming Scottish man called Daniel in Brisbane with whom she spent 14 years before his passing.
Joan is a much-loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother to over 18 descendants.