From the Maitland Mercury report:
When Edith McDonald was born in Maitland in 1907 the average life expectancy was 47 years, only 14 per cent of homes had a bath tub and the average Aussie wage was two pounds and two shillings a week.
Mrs McDonald, one of Maitland’s pioneers, passed away on Monday at an amazing 109 years of age. She was Australia’s seventh oldest woman.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 23 Dec 2016.