Mitcham local Sadie Hogg was joined by friends and family to celebrate her amazing 100 years of life in March.
Sadie was a vision in blue and was all smiles as she opened a commemorative family tree, reminding her of all the lovely images of family and special occasions.
Sadie Hogg takes great pride in being the daughter of the Hon. James Hiers McColl, who was a Victorian Member of Parliament from 1886 to 1901 (in the seats of Mandurang and Gunbower), the Federal Member for Echuca from 1901 to 1906 and a Victorian Senator from 1906 to 1914 – a total of 29 years as a parliamentarian.
As a Victorian Member, he was Minister for Mines and Water Supply in the Patterson Government (1894) and Minister of Lands in the McLean Government (1899 to 1900). His most significant achievement in Victorian politics was the implementation of closer settlement in parts of rural Victoria in 1900.
As a Federal Senator, he was Vice-President of the Executive Council in the Cook Ministry from June 1913 to September 1914, but then lost his seat in Australia’s first double dissolution election and retired from politics.
He is known in Canberra for changing his vote in favour of Canberra as the Seat of Government in November 1908, thus breaking a deadlock which otherwise may have delayed the development of the national capital by several years.
James McColl’s father, Hugh McColl, was also a Member of the Victorian Parliament, holding the seat of Mandurang from 1880 until his death in 1885, and played a major role in the establishment of irrigation in Victoria.
Sadie was joined by her local MP, Dee Ryall who presented her with a 100th birthday certificate and spoke of the foundations Sadie has laid for her family to enjoy and share.
Happy birthday Sadie!