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Nada celebrated her 100th birthday on 20 September at the Greenwood Community Centre.  

A client for over 2 years, Nada embodies a life well-lived and a positive approach to independence in ageing.

A rich history

Nada was born in Prvacina, a small Slovenian village. The youngest of 7 children, she speaks Slovenian, English, French, Italian and Serbian — a reflection of her globetrotting life.  

Nada left school early to learn dressmaking and couture. Those skills would take her across the globe and support her for many years.

 

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Nada with her youngest daughter, Patricia

When Cairo was like Paris

In 1937, Nada joined her sisters working for wealthy households in Egypt. She worked as a seamstress to an English family for 13 years and describes her years in Cairo as the best of her life. 

It was in this cosmopolitan hub that she met Moca. A handsome Serbian in the RAF, Moca had his own story to tell after escaping from Serbia after Hitler invaded.

Nada and Moca married in Cairo and had their first child, Vera, before emigrating to Australia in 1948. In 1951 they had their second daughter, Patricia.

Nada worked hard in those tough years after the war, sewing late into the night to help support her family and then caring for her husband.

Nada’s dressmaking skills led to a role working with the ABC wardrobe department as a costume maker for period dramas — a role she gave up to care for Moca in ill health. 

Staying independent 

Nada visits Greenwood Cottage 3 times a week. The Cottage offers a day program for older people including transport, meals and activities. 

Greenwood Cottage isn’t a residential aged care facility — it’s somewhere older people like Nada can stay connected as they age and continue to lead their best life.

Best wishes Nada on your milestone birthday! 

The Benevolent Society provides services for older Australians. If you'd like to find out more, call our friendly staff on 1800 236 762