Four generations gather for Dorothy Harris' 106th birthday

Four generations of family came together on Thursday from across the Eyre Peninsula and Australia to celebrate the 106th birthday of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Dorothy Harris.

Mrs Harris was born in Cowell in 1913 and raised on a farm 11 miles out of the town, attending school at Mitalie, where she rode the seven miles on a horse and cart with her other sibilings before a closer school opened in 1922.

She married her husband Donald William Harris in 1933 and lived all over the Eyre Peninsula for many years, including in Brimpton Lake, Elliston, Mt Drummond and Cowell.

There in Cowell she became an active member in the community, including doing relief work at the hospital which included laundress and head cook.

Mrs Harris moved to Adelaide in 1962 before deciding to see more of the world after retiring at the age of 70.

She did a round trip around Australia, and said she loved to travel all around the world, which included two flights to Antarctica.

She said she always used to go away every year.

"If someone accompanied me, I'd still go," she said about travelling.

"I like to see and travel the world," she said, mentioning one of her favourite places was Fiji.

"I like New Zealand too, I went about five times."

About 30 people gathered for Mrs Harris' birthday lunch at the Tumby Bay Hotel on Thursday, but she said she had never been one to throw a big party.

"But when we were younger, mother always had a birthday cake for us," she said.

Mrs Harris mothered 11 children herself, and now has 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She said that on the morning of her birthday on July 4, she received a letter from the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Governor General.

Mrs Harris now lives closer to family in Tumby Bay, where she enjoys living independently in her unit, and said she often knits and crochets.