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21 Sep 2020
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Wicks called to intervene in bridge dispute
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He can remember the Harbour Bridge being built
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Men's Shed annual meeting
Recognised with life membership
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Book fair postponed until restrictions are eased
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Bridge club attendance halves

He can remember the Harbour Bridge being built

Mr Harry May of Daleys Point can remember watching the Sydney Harbour Bridge being built - and when the train fare from his home at Punchbowl to Wynyard was sixpence.

Mr May turned 100 on September 15 but still lives independently, does his own housework and shopping, and walks every day.

"A lady comes in once a fortnight to tidy up a bit, but apart from that I handle everything else," he said.

A veteran who saw service with the 35th Battalion in Papua New Guinea during World War II, Mr May has a multitude of memories, including watching the Sydney Harbour Bridge being built from a hill near his house at Punchbowl and then walking over the bridge a week before it officially opened as a schoolboy.

"I remember it vividly," he said.

"Right behind our home there was a big paddock with a high hill and we could see eight or nine miles - right through to Sydney.

"We used to watch the bridge being built and then I walked over it just before it officially opened in 1932.

"I did it again in 1982, but that time there were about a quarter of a million people walking with me."

Mr May is the only living member of the 35th Battalion but does not dwell on his wartime experiences.

A clerical worker for much of his life, Mr May was married for 50 years but has no children.

"I have a nephew in Newcastle and he and his wife are my closest family members now," he said.

"But I have wonderful friends and enjoy going out to dinner with them once a week."

Mr May said he had led a "fairly quiet life", had never smoked and drank alcohol rarely.

"I have never been very political but I do remember when Jack Lang was Prime Minister and brought in the widows' pension," he said.

"It was just the right timing for my mother, who had four young children.

"I was the eldest at the age of nine and we were always grateful for that."

Formerly a keen golfer, tennis player and cyclist, Mr May is content to fill his days with keeping his home tidy and working in his beloved garden.

"I'd say gardening and talking are my chief hobbies these days," he said.

"I still walk every day, although these days it is with a walker - and I read the paper every day."

Mr May said he was disappointed the milestone birthday could not be celebrated with a big party due to coronavirus.

"You have to follow the rules - that's all you can do," he said.

"We were going to have a party but it's just too hard - I have some distant relatives in Sydney but most of them are in hotspots now."

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