Good innings: Australia’s oldest man Dexter Kruger dies at 111

Australia’s oldest man Dexter Kruger has died peacefully at the age of 111 at a nursing home in the western Queensland town of Roma.

Jul 21, 2021, updated Jul 21, 2021

Kruger, who achieved the milestone in May, died in after a brief illness.

A former outback grazier and veterinary surgeon, Kruger previously attributed his long life to a select diet and the simple lifestyle he lived on his property.

Speaking from his Roma nursing home in May, he told the ABC a special poultry delicacy was one of his secrets.

“Chicken brains. You know, chickens have a head. And in there, there’s a brain. And they are delicious little things. There’s only one little bite,” he said.

Local state MP Ann Leahy offered her deepest sympathies to Kruger’s family and friends on her Facebook page, calling him an “Australian legend.”

“We will all miss his signature charm, dry wit and love of chocolate,” she said.

“My kindest thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Leahy told AAP of his dabbling in social media.

“He was just one of those people you would sit and listen too and be in awe of,” Leahy said.

“He also had a little problem with Twitter because Twitter didn’t think that anyone could be born before 1910.

“111 on Twitter, on Facebook, and I think he’s got a YouTube channel somewhere as well.”

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 90’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 an autobiography.

A friend by the name of Janet Rowlings took up the role of 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.

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