Macarthur’s oldest man still paints at 107

If you have got some time, Ted Wale has 107 years worth of stories.

The Whiddon Easton Park resident is Macarthur’s oldest local.

While he is not as mobile as he once was, Mr Wale still looks forward to going to art classes twice a week.

He has lived in the Glenfield nursing home for three months and has quickly endeared himself to staff with his cheeky sense of humour and interesting stories.

Activities officer Geraldina Valia said Mr Wale loved being outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and she has noticed he has a sweet tooth, especially for lollies.

Mr Wale celebrated his 107th birthday earlier this month and he is believed to be the third oldest man in Australia. The oldest man Dexter Kruger is just 212 days older.

Mr Wale said he did not have the secret to living a long life because “it just happened naturally”.

He was born in England and moved to Lithgow after World War I.

“I enjoyed being closer to nature and breathing in fresh air in Lithgow,” Mr Wale said. “I used to spend a lot of time in the bush hunting. That was the life.”

Mr Wale started his career as a mechanical engineer apprentice and was later employed by the Australian Defence Industry in Sydney. He made instruments for airplanes during World War II.

Mr Wale’s daughter Olive Young described her childhood as “normal” with her father, mother and two brothers often going camping or to the movies.

Ms Valia said Mr Wale was still a keen artist today and his artworks are hung up around the nursing home.

“He’s very happy to give tips on sketching to others,” she said.

Mr Wale’s love of art was nourished when he went to a sketch group in Camden.

“I always loved art from the first day I went to school,” he said. “In those days, we only made pencil drawings.”

The group would often sketch nude models with charcoal and Mr Wale also liked to paint with water colours.

Mr Wale enjoys playing word games, Jenga and enjoys fish and chips.

Ms Young said her father still loved to read and enjoyed sitting at the window watching trees move in the wind.