A varied life backed by faith

Centenarian...Gore’s Resthaven Rest-home resident Eleanor Logan celebrated her 100th birthday last week. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

From the farm to Karitane nursing to working in Harrods in London to back on the farm, Eleanor Logan has packed many interesting experiences into a century of living.

The Resthaven rest-home resident celebrated her 100th birthday in Gore last week.

Mrs Logan (nee Galt) said she grew up on a farm at Tuturau.

Life on the farm was busy with children helping out before and after school.

“It was all part of living.

“You didn’t think of it as work.”

When she was old enough, one of Mrs Logan’s jobs was to help milk the 30 cows on the farm.

This was done with milking machines.

She liked milking the cows.

“Each cow was special.

“They all had their names.”

From the age of 14 until she was 28 she worked on the farm, and then in 1949 she started Karitane nursing training.

The training was based on the ideas of Sir Frederic Truby King who started Plunket.

“I was very interested in Truby King’s desire for all mothers to have mothercraft and be prepared and confident to look after a baby.”

After seven years working in New Zealand she travelled with a friend to England.

“We were received with open arms because we were Truby King trained.”

After three years the pair returned to New Zealand but later Mrs Logan went back to England.

It was during that four-year stint that she worked in the linen hall at Harrods department store.

Back in Gore she worked as a gardener and met her husband Tom, an Otama farmer, when she was 46.

They were married for 18 years before he died.

She had been caring for people all of her life, she said.

“When I look back, it has been many an occasion I have been there at the right time.”

Her Christian faith had also been a big part of her life.

“My Christian faith has got me through many bumps [and] hollows.”

She had come from a good family and married into a good family.

“You can’t wish for anything better than that.”