IVY HARVEY’S daughter believes cow’s milk may be responsible for her mother’s long life.
Phyllis Davis says her mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday last week, was tiny and weak as a baby.
“Her parents fed her warm milk direct from the cow when she was born,” Mrs Davis said. “This may be what contributed to her living a long life relatively free from disease.”
Her family recently enjoyed afternoon tea and watched a DVD of Ivy’s life.
“My daughter made the clip,'' Mrs Davis said. "There were photos from when Ivy got married and even pictures from their 50th wedding anniversary. The DVD had music from Titanic playing under it. Everyone cried because it was so moving."
Mrs Davis said Ivy was sad to be turning another year older but was mostly in good spirits. “She said she didn’t want to be 100 and didn’t want a party. However, she was sad when the festivities were over.”
Ivy is one of seven children, and the only surviving member of her family. She married a descendant of the original pioneering Harvey family, Len Harvey in 1938. The family moved around a lot as there was little work in Ballarat.
Mrs Davis says Ivy supported her husband’s hobby of collecting Australian birds ‘eggs, but often joked that Len’s obsession was a third party in their marriage. “Ivy accompanied Len on many trips across Australia. They travelled over dusty outback tracks, and stayed at rough bush camps in remote areas.”
Upon Len’s death in 1999 and in accordance with his wishes, Ivy donated the collection along with detailed data books to Museum Victoria where they are now archived as The Len Harvey Collection of Australian Bird Eggs.
Ivy has experienced two world wars, a great depression, five ruling monarchs, a man on the moon and countless developments in technology, medicine, and transport. She has a family of four children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.