Australia’s oldest ever man dies ‘very peacefully’ aged 111 after revealing his secrets to a long life
- Dexter Kruger celebrated milestone of 111 years and 124 days old back in May
- Feat made him officially Australia’s oldest ever man, surpassing Jack Lockett
- Centenarian born in January 1910 revealed eating chicken brains was his secret
- Died peacefully on Tuesday at aged care facility in Roma, southwest Queensland
Australia’s oldest ever man has died peacefully aged 111 – just two months after revealing his secrets for a long and prosperous life.
Dexter Kruge, a former author, grazier and veterinary surgeon, was born in Kilcoy in Queensland in 1910, and celebrated the milestone of becoming Australia’s oldest man in May.
The super-centenarian passed away on Tuesday morning in his aged care facility in Roma in southwest Queensland.
During his time alive, Kruger lived through both World Wars, the Great Depression as well as the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Kruge marked being 111 years and 124 days a couple of months ago while surrounded by family and friends.
Dexter Kruger (pictured) died peacefully on Tuesday, after officially becoming the oldest man in Australia at 111 years and 124 days in May
Mr Kruger, a retired cattle rancher (pictured, centre) died on Tuesday in a Queensland nursing home aged 111
The centenarian surpassed former World War I veteran Jack Lockett, who died in 2002 aged 111 years and 123 days.
To celebrate the milestone, Mr Kruger said his secret to living a long and healthy life was ‘regularly eating chicken brains’ and ‘living in the countryside.’
The former veterinarian disclosed another key factor to his prolonged lifetime to Defence Minister Peter Dutton.
‘Find something you like to do, and do it well,’ Mr Kruger told 7News.
‘I set myself a goal when I was quite young, and I achieved that.
The poet and writer – who has written 13 books – said he was involved in the cattle industry from a young age thanks to his father.
‘When I was seven years old my father gave me a heifer calf and I’ve been in the cattle business ever since,’ he said.
Mr Kruger, who was raised by German immigrants, said he was ‘honoured’ by the record-holding milestone.
‘It has been and will continue to be a great honour to be the oldest man ever to be in Australia,’ he said at the time.
Following the death of his wife when he was 86, Mr Kruger decided to write books and has since self-published 12 of them.
He also offered some positive reassurance to Australians that ‘we’ll get through this virus thing’.
‘In my industry – the cattle industry – we had several big problems overcome with vaccines. We’ve exterminated many things with vaccines, and that will happen with this,’ he previously told the ABC.
According to the Bureau of Statistics, there are more than 6,000 centenarians living in Australia with figures expected to double by 2023 due to the nation’s ageing population.
DEXTER KRUGER’S AMAZING LIFE
- Born on January 13, 1910, Kruger spent his life as a farmer on a 5300-hectare cattle property which he eventually retired from in his 1990’s.
- He lived through both World Wars, numerous droughts and 30 prime ministers in his lifetime.
- The centenarian, who was raised by German immigrants, wrote 12 books, with the last before his passing on Tuesday an autobiography.
- A friend by the name of Janet Rowlings took up the role of Mr Kruger’s typist when he was 106, sitting, listening and typing up four of his books.
- The books have been described as a treasure trove of bush humour and a valuable insight into life on the land in the early 20th century.
- At 111 years and 188 days old, Mr Kruger in May became the oldest ever living man.
- Australia’s previous oldest man was First World War veteran Jack Lockett, who died in 2002 aged 111 years and 123 days
- Active on Facebook and Twitter in recent years
Kruger, Australia’s oldest-ever man, (pictured) has included eating chicken brains among his secrets to living more than 111 years
Mr Kruger (pictured) passed away peacefully in an aged care facility in Roma, in southwest Queensland
The poet and writer (pictured centre holding 108 sign) said he was involved in the cattle industry from a young age thanks to his father
Australia’s oldest ever man dies ‘very peacefully’ aged 111 after revealing his secrets to long life