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Australia’s oldest person Dexter Kruger turns 111

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Australia’s oldest person Dexter Kruger stayed up until midnight to mark his 111th birthday.

“I didn’t think that I could make it but I woke up this morning, about a quarter to 12, and I waited until the clock struck 12 and I said, ‘Hooray, I’ve made it,’” he said from his nursing home in Roma, Queensland, on Wednesday.

The supercentenarian wore a sequined red hat with “111” in black numbers and a blue “Birthday Boy” ribbon as he thanked those who helped mark “this very special occasion”.

“I am completely overwhelmed,” he said.

“I tell you, it is lonely at the top, I would like to have some company.”

Mr Kruger also recited the hymn My Times Are In Thy Hand, Psalm 31:15 by William Freeman Lloyd.

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