The heads of two countries, and dozens of family members and friends, helped Doris Crowley celebrate her 100th birthday on January 18.
The Bingara resident was feted with a morning tea at the Multi Purpose Service Hospital, guests including her four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She received letters from the Queen, the Australian Prime Minister and more.
Son Kelvin Crowley said he was "so pleased" to see the family honouring their matriarch and to see her looking well and "all done up nicely".
"She was always one for being correctly dressed; as long as I can remember, she always wore a hat to town, lipstick, gloves ...
"I was so pleased all the grandkids and great-grandkids could come - they all made an effort, because they're all scattered everywhere."
Nee Brooks, Doris was born in Sydney on January 18, 1920. She went to boarding school in the Blue Mountains then to Somerset Caroda, a property her father had purchased on Narrabri Road.
As a young woman, she moved to the property Navena in the Rocky Creek district as governess to Fredrick Crowley.
She married his elder brother William and the couple lived there for 40 years, raising their two children, son Kelvin and daughter Kerry.
Kelvin Crowley said his mother had been "a hard worker" during those years, cooking for the two families and their governess.
"Dad had to go out mustering - we had sheep and two or three sets of yards on the place - and Mother would drive out in the old Land Rover with lunch.
"She was good that way."
Mrs Crowley was also a very keen gardener, producing award-winning roses that she would give to people for occasions such as weddings and funerals.
"She never, ever charged anything; she was only too pleased to give them away," Mr Crowley said.
She had moved to Bingara on her husband's death, and was a very active member of the local garden club and took up bowls, too.
Mrs Crowley is described by daughter-in-law Irene Crowley as having been "a very crafty tennis player" and Mr Crowley said "she could hold her own with anyone around the district, well and truly".
The elder Mr and Mrs Crowley were behind the construction of the Rocky Creek tennis club.
Their son said it was remarkable his mother had lived to such a grand old age.
"She's pretty good physically," he said.
"And when you visualise it, you wouldn't think your heart would beat for 100 years, would you? It's quite incredible ...
"I wouldn't be surprised if we get to have more birthdays with her."
Irene Crowley made and decorated a special cake for her mother-in-law, topped with her favourite: pink roses.
Mrs Crowley also received cards from the Governor General, federal MP Barnaby Joyce and state MP Adam Marshall.