- Hilda Daire, born 13 Dec 1899 in Shipley, Yorkshire, England,
- parents: Edward Alexander DAIRE and Hanna Maria THORNTON
- occupation: factory worker, housewife,
- died: 17 Mar 2005 in Villa Marie Hostel Bundoora.
- emigrated: from England to Australia on a P&O cruiser in October 1921.
- married: George Stanley Wood on 13 Jun 1921 in St Mary's Church, Shipley, Yorkshire, England.
- buried 22nd March 2005 in the grave with her husband George in Fawkner Cemetery. Grave site New Lawn Area East, "Garden of Peace" Section E Compartment F52.
A long life
Mum, Nanna, Great Nanna, Hilda passed away peacefully after a great life on 17th March, 2005, aged 105. She was blessed to have had a long and healthy life as we were blessed having her with us for so long, not many families would have their mother with them for this length of time. A funeral mass was celebrated on the 22nd March, and was buried at Fawkner cemetery with her husband George.
- What else happened in 1899? See the trivia page
- A newspaper article celebrating Hilda's 100th birthday
- A family photo from Hilda's 100th birthday
- Hilda's story "Reminiscing", written by Anne Couch (from the WoodChips Newsletters 2-4)
- Another story about the life of Hilda, written by Bernadette Camish, from the 6th WoodChips Newsletter.
- Some photos of St Paul's Church of England School which she attended.
Listen to Hilda recall her first meeting with her future husband, as told to Eddie in 1974.
Click hear to download the audio file (This can take a few minutes - wait until download is complete before playing). The recording quality is pretty poor, so to help you, the following is a transcript of what I think was said (corrections welcome).
"Oh well, this was funny! I was out down in Shipley with a girlfriend of mine, and this sailor was on a bicycle you see, very handsome looking, and his nice uniform - he looked nice. And she said 'Oh, I know, that's Stanley Wood', so I said, 'I don't know him.', 'Oh yes', she said, 'He's a boyfriend of mine', you see. And he smiled and he waved, and he got off his bike and he wheeled it back and came up to us. And we got talking, she introduced me. It ended up, he was taking the other girl home, then stayed with me! She thought she was the one - but it was me. So she was quite annoyed about this"