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World's oldest YouTuber is 107

By ERIC SHACKLE, in Sydney, Australia
 

Australia's Olive Riley, at 107 indisputably the world's oldest blogger, is probably the world's oldest YouTuber as well. She's the star of a new video In non-technical terms, that means that millions of web surfers can now see and hear this senior citizen with a remarkable memory, as well as read posts from her blog (she calls it her blob).

Olive, who lives in Woy Woy, 80km. (50 miles) north of Sydney, was born in Broken Hill , a tough mining town in Australia's parched red centre, in 1899, when Sydney was the capital of the British colony of New South Wales, ruled from London by an aged Queen Victoria.

Olive's Australia did not exist as a nation until January 1, 1901, when the separate colonies united to form a Federation. Her fascinating life spans three centuries.

Physically frail but mentally alert, Olive raised her three children on her own, survived two world wars , the Great Depression of the 1930s, and worked as a barmaid, an egg sorter, and a station cook in may parts of Australia.

The YouTube item , Olive Riley Returns to Broken Hill , consists of clips taken from her one hour documentary, All About Olive, shown on ABC (Australian) television last year. The film was made by Mike Rubbo who also helps her with the blog.

In the video she recalls how she was teased at school because of her surname (Dangerfield) and how, in frustration, landed a blow that laid her tormenter flat. That and other century-old escapades are re-enacted in the clip.

Olive's blog, The Life of Riley, has a huge Internet following. Prepared by Rubbo, and based on his interviews with Olive, it attracts hundreds of enthusiastic comments from many countries, and from bloggers of all ages. It's posted on the Internet at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/

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Story first posted July 2007

Copyright 2007

Eric Shackle

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