Margaret Cameron turned 104 on Friday at Mercy Place aged care in Warrnambool. AS Margaret Cameron celebrated her 104th birthday yesterday, her advice on a long and fulfilling life was to take every day as it comes.
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“Don’t worry about things that aren’t important,” she said.

“Take every day as it comes.”

Mrs Cameron arrived in Australia by boat with her mother from England when she was two.

“It took 11 weeks to get here,” she said.

“There were terrible storms and we were shipwrecked on Kangaroo Island.”

Mrs Cameron and her mother eventually made it to Sydney, where her father had been “casing the place”.

“We then moved to Melbourne,” she said.

“My Mum said she made more friends in one week in Melbourne than three years in Sydney.”

Mrs Cameron later met her husband, Bill, a wing commander in the air force and the couple had two boys John, who passed away last year, and Donald.

Mrs Cameron has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She said she had already received a letter from the Queen for her 100th birthday and didn’t expect any more mail from the monarch.

“I’ve already got one of those,” she said.

Yesterday as residents and staff gathered at Mercy Place in Warrnambool to sing Happy Birthday, Mrs Cameron said she couldn’t reveal the secret to a long life. “If I did it wouldn’t be a secret,” she said.

The celebrations were capped off with a family gathering at Mercy Place last night for a few nibbles and drinks.

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