Family celebrates five-generation marker
While many parents don’t get to meet their great-grandchildren, one Albany family has marked an even bigger milestone.
Last week the family celebrated five living generations — ranging from five weeks to 93-years-old.
They said the family’s roots were part of the fabric of country WA.
Lead by Ted Thompson, 93, there was daughter Sandy Phillips, 70, granddaughter Nadine Stone, 48, great-grandson Brenton Stone, 28, and great-great grandson Rupert.
Born in 1926, Mr Thompson moved to WA from England after World War II and helped to set up the Katanning and Albany Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYCs).
He has 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. His daughter, Sandy Phillips, said the family had always been guided by community values.
“Pretty well each and every one of us somewhere along the way does (community) work either paid or volunteer,” she said.
“All the way we’ve had a strong instinct for binding family and making sure that people didn’t miss out.”
Ms Phillips moved to Albany in 1978 after an eight-year stint in Perth.
Nadine Stone, said she knew they were lucky to have five generations of the family alive.
“It’s quite amazing,” she said.
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