Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — I rise to congratulate a local constituent and long‑time Mitcham resident Sadie Hogg, who turned 100 on 12 March. Sadie was joined by over 50 people, who helped celebrate this momentous occasion. She is one of five children of parents Sarah and James McColl. James was a former member of the Victorian Parliament, from 1886 to 1901, then later a Victorian Senator. Sadie was born in 1917 in Melbourne and went to school at Deepdene State School and later in Fitzroy. Sadie travelled overseas before moving back to Australia and working in the Naval Office in Melbourne as a secretary. There she met the love of her life, Richard, an air force officer. They married in 1942. Although her father was no longer in politics, Sadie was engaged with and became an active member of the Victorian Women’s Liberal Association, Mitcham branch.
Sadie has always had a positive outlook on life and loves the motto ‘How can I help?’. She became a carer to her mother in the later stages of her mum’s life whilst managing the five kids at home. She would always take in foreign students visiting Melbourne and was only too happy to cook up a traditional Aussie meal for them. She then took care of Richard’s sister as well as Richard himself when they became frail and aged. Sadie is a proud grandmother to 14 grandchildren and also boasts an impressive four great‑grandchildren. It was truly an honour and privilege to meet Sadie and present her with a certificate to celebrate her 100 years. I thank her and her family for awarding me that honour.