Annerley-Born Resident at Carinity Clifford House Turns 100 Years Old

Annerley-Born Resident at Carinity Clifford House Turns 100 Years Old

Mary Lydia Lynch, an avid Brisbane Broncos fan who was born and raised in Annerley, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She now joins Ann Damen and Alison Woodroffe as members of the Carinity Clifford House 100 Club.

The latest Carinity Clifford House centenarian was born Mary Lydia Lynch on 3 April 1922 at Wilkies Nursing Home, Annerley to parents Patrick and Mary Lynch. Growing up in Annerley, Mary enjoyed social activities and watching at the Boomerang Theatre near St Joseph’s Convent School (now Mary Immaculate Primary School) where she attended school. 

Mary worked at Censorship and Telegraph with the Postmaster-General in Brisbane during World War II, staying at the company for 14 years. She was also a devout Catholic and was a member of the Legion of Mary and a Cub Leader at Dutton Park Scout Group.

She also loved dancing, attended events at the iconic Cloudland and was a regular at Sandy Robinson’s dance studio where she and her future husband Joseph Ryan met.

Mary and Joseph married in 1954 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and were blessed with three sons: Brian, Michael and Peter. Mary has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Lydia Lynch
Mary Lydia Lynch turns 100 | Photo Credit: Carinity /

Mary was active in volunteer work, supporting a number of charities by making clothes for underprivileged children overseas and creating dolls’ clothes for school fetes and charities to sell.

She was a resident at Dutton Park from 1954 to 2016 before moving to the Carinity Clifford House aged care community where she celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and friends last April. She joined other centenarians, Ann Damen and Alison Woodroffe, in the Carinity Clifford House 100 Club.

About Carinity Clifford House

Located at 44 Jimbour Street, Wooloowin was Carinity’s first aged care community that was established in 1949. The aged care community offers residents a tranquil lifestyle with lots of activities including live music performances, gardening clubs and regular coffee mornings to catch up with friends and loved ones.

Carinity Clifford House features 81 beds; registered nurse on-site available 24/7; memory assisted living (dementia care); visiting GP; access to a physiotherapist, podiatrist and dentist;
community hall and activities space and library, among other features.