The Nambucca Valley’s Myron Kelsey turns 100

The family and friends of Myron Fredrick Kelsey joined him at the Macksville Ex-Services Club on Saturday to help him celebrate his 100th birthday.

THE family and friends of Myron Fredrick Kelsey gathered at the Macksville Ex-Services Club last Saturday to help him celebrate a very special milestone, his 100th birthday.

Myron was born on 24 June 1924 at Bowraville Hospital, the second of five siblings, and spent those early years among the lush landscapes of Argents Hill.

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At fourteen-years-old Myron made the decision to leave formal education behind and focus on farming.

Eventually teaming up with his brother Norm, the pair decided that the fertile soils of Valla were the perfect place to pioneer their own banana plantation.

The brothers cultivated bananas together for 35 years.

During that time the hardworking Myron found time to fall in love, marrying Fay Moran in 1952.

The couple went on to welcome four children into their loving and happy home.

As the family expanded, Myron and Fay went from a shack in South Arm to a new home in Bowraville.

Myron worked multiple roles throughout his career journey, including driving milk trucks and overseeing dairy operations.

In 1965 Myron decided to carry on his father’s legacy and acquired the family farm at North Arm, where he had success with both dairy farming and banana growing.

He eventually added beef cattle and timber milling to the farm’s repertoire too.

In 1999 Myron downsized to a twenty acre property on Rodeo Drive.

He lives there still with Fay, the love of his life, and enjoys the richness that comes with a close family of four children, six granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

Myron is a much-loved local identity who has enjoyed a life very well lived in the Nambucca Valley.

Still in great mental and physical condition, News Of The Area asked Myron what he considered to be the key to a long, happy and healthy life.

“I think connection to family and staying active are very important to health and happiness,” Myron concluded.


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