27 April, 2022
Isabel Bensley hits 100 years
Gilgandra’s Citizen of the Year for 1984, Isabel Bensley OAM, reached her 100th birthday earlier this month.
Mrs Bensley was born in Cowra, and settled in
Gilgandra after marrying her husband Arthur Bensley in
1946. Together they had four children, eight grandchildren,
and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs Bensley left
Gilgandra in 1987.
Currently residing in Cowra at the Weeroona nursing
home, Mrs Bensley celebrated the occasion with
family and friends. There was a lot of reminiscing
involved, including a reflection on the many organisations
she has been dedicated to over her 100 years.
In the Thursday February 2, 1984 edition of The
Gilgandra Weekly, an article on Mrs Bensley’s award
The article stated:
“The Senior Citizen of the Year award was
announced on the night of Australia Day at the celebrations
held at the shire hall.
“This award was presented to Mrs Isabel Bensley for
her service to the community. Mrs Bensley was nominated
for this award by the Rotary Club of Gilgandra.
“Mrs Bensley has been involved in the following
organisations: Cooee Lodge Association – secretary;
Cooee Lodge Management Committee – member; AWA
Presbyterian Women’s Association – president; RSL
Women’s Auxiliary – member, awarded life membership;
Presbyterian Church Committee of Management –
treasurer, also representative on Central Committee of
Gilgandra Branch; Gilgandra Branch CWA – treasurer
and international officer; Gilgandra Hospital Auxiliary
– treasurer; Gilgandra District Hospital – director and
member of the finance committee; Hospital Recreation
Centre – voluntary helper; Gilgandra Meals on Wheels
– secretary, also Roster Secretary; Gilgandra Branch
Red Cross – vice president; Gilgandra Infants School
Mother’s Club – patron; Gilgandra Girl Guides Local
Association – past commissioner (five year term) at present,
patron; High School P and C Association – life
membership; Blood Bank – assists in organising trips to
Dubbo Hospital for donors. Past Services: Local Cubs,
Scouts, Guides – purchasing officer; treasurer for High
School canteen; treasurer for P and C Association; treasurer
for IYUP – International Year for Disabled
“Mrs Bensley responded by saying that she was very
proud and honoured to be named citizen of the year.
“Although Mrs Bensley is involved in so many
organisations it is only because of the enjoyment and
fulfilment that she has involved herself in helping the
Gilgandra community. Mrs Bensley wished to thank the
Australia Day Committee for this award.”
According to the Cowra Guardian, along with a message from the Queen, Mrs Bensley also received well wishes from prime minister Scott Morrison, governor general David Hurley, member for Riverina Michael McCormack MP, and Cowra mayor Bill West.