Trove Tuesday: How Old is Elderly?

 

My great great¬†grandfather Benjamin Alfred Smart LATTER (1834-1903) was mentioned in newspapers many times. This is the only time that I have seen him called “elderly”. The fact that he was lifting a wagon out of the mud when injured makes this description rather surprising.

No title. (1888, August 21). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 2. Retrieved October 25, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209446656
No title. (1888, August 21). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 – 1924), p. 2. Retrieved October 25, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209446656

2 thoughts on “Trove Tuesday: How Old is Elderly?”

    1. Me too, Jill. I doubt whether there is such a thing as a generally accepted age to consider oneself elderly anymore. Obviously attitudes, like lifespans, were very different in the past!

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