Story for the ages: Tamworth resident now Australia's oldest man

TOP BLOKE: Tamworth’s oldest man – and now the oldest male in Australia – Alfred Powell yesterday with daughter Judith Archbold. Photo: Barry Smith 200516BSD09
TOP BLOKE: Tamworth’s oldest man – and now the oldest male in Australia – Alfred Powell yesterday with daughter Judith Archbold. Photo: Barry Smith 200516BSD09

THERE’S been no official fanfare and no formal honours bestowed so far – but at 107 years and 247 days old, Tamworth resident Alfred Powell is the oldest man in Australia.

The great-great-granddad has been named the number one bloke on the gerontology list, although he’s actually ranked number 11, just outside the top 10 oldest Aussies – all of them women.

Mr Powell, a Bupa resident and proud dad of former longtime Lifeline co-ordinator Judith Archbold, has been feted as the longest living Tamworth bloke for a few years.

But after the death of Alfred Date at 110 on the Central Coast two weeks ago, our man has moved to top spot.

It hasn’t fazed him, though, and he’s not overawed by the milestone.  Over the years, he’s told The Leader that if he knew the secret to longevity, he would have bottled it and become a millionaire.

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