Macarthur's Alan Waterland celebrates 100th birthday

Family time: Alan Waterland's family gathered at Maleleuca House in the botanic garden to celebrate his 100th birthday.
Family time: Alan Waterland's family gathered at Maleleuca House in the botanic garden to celebrate his 100th birthday.

At least one glass of white wine every day and the odd flutter on the horses could be some of the secrets to living a long life, according to new centenarian Alan Waterland.

The Estia Health Kilbride (Rosemeadow) resident turned 100 on Saturday.

He celebrated the milestone birthday at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan with friends and family, including some of his three children, nine grandchildren and seven great-granchildren.

Mr Waterland was born in Lancefield, Victoria in 1919. He was involved in a train accident at age 19 which resulted in the amputation of his right leg.

That accident led to a change in careers and Mr Waterland became an accountant, running his own firm until the age of 90.

The 100-year-old said he owed his longevity to his wine, a "healthy diet of fruit salad (with avocado) for breakfast", a light lunch and steamed fish for dinner.

Daughter-in-law Liz Waterland said the celebration was a "beautiful day".