The oldest resident of Australia and the oldest Dutch born has died. Catherina van der Linden lived to be 111 years old. Her body has been made available to science. She went to the gym until she was old.
Van der Linden lived in the south of Australia for almost seventy years. She was born in the summer of 1912 (26 August), the year that the Elfstedentocht was held for the second time in history and the year that the Titanic sank. Catherine’s cradle was in Amersfoort, the city where she spent the first 32 years of her life. In 1955 she emigrated to Australia with her husband John and children, where she worked as a nurse, typist and administrative assistant.
Moving to a care center
In 2019, Van der Linden moved to the Southern Cross Care nursing home in Adelaide, the place where she passed away peacefully last week, according to the Australian television channel ABC News. Her body was made available to science and transferred to the University of Adelaide.
Until shortly before her death, the Australian-Dutch woman was still physically active. She visited the West Beach neighborhood gym twice a week and took at least one walk every day. She also cycled regularly, always wanting to last at least ten minutes. She was popular with her caregivers, who admired her healthy lifestyle. Yet Catherine also enjoyed a splurge every now and then. “My favorite drink is champagne. I love that. But not too much, because you have to pay attention to your health,” Van der Linden told local journalists last year.
Oldest person in the world
Because Van der Linden emigrated, she was not given the official title of ‘oldest Dutch person’. As far as we know, the oldest Dutch person at the moment is Marina van der Es-Siewers from Wieringen. She was born on March 4, 1913 and is now 110 years old. As far as is known, the oldest human ever was over 122 years old. This Jeanne Calment from France died in 1997.
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