“Every part of life is beautiful if you make it beautiful”
Krystyna Lawrynow turns 100 on April 21 and apart from having four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, she says she is most proud of herself and how healthy and happy she is.
Krystyna was born during the 1st World War in Poland and lived through the 2nd World War and under German and Russian occupation until Starlin die in 1953.
She came to Australia in 1959 with husband and her two children aided by her brother in Mudgee NSW where they lived with him for two years before moving to Ashfield.
She worked for 15 years at AWA to help purchase a home for her family and in 1980 she moved to Mona Vale where she worked as a volunteer for 25 years at St Vincent de Paul.
Krystyna’s husband passed away in 1996.
Krystyna says she tells her sister who is younger than her to get out of her wheelchair. She doesn’t believe in using mobility aids and continues to live independently in her home.
We ask Krystyna what makes her so happy, “I was born a happy girl and I will die happy”. When people get upset, she asks “Why? What’s the point?”
“If you have a healthy brain you will have a happy body.
“Eat what you want, and only eat what you like.”
Krystyna doesn’t eat seafood, lamb or garlic and is convinced the secret to her long and healthy life has been her love of dark chocolate, which she eats every day.
Krystyna loves animals and every day feeds the cockatoos and other birds that visit her home.
Krystyna was born in Poland, coming to Australia as a young woman in 1959, which was after the first large migration of Polish refugees to Australia between 1947 and 1954. During that post-war time, the Poland-born population increased from 6,573 to 56,594 people. Many refugees worked under two-year contracts in unskilled jobs and continued in similar work for a period after their contracts ended.
There was a further large migration from Poland to Australia after the Polish Government relaxed its emigration laws, with almost 15 000 Poland-born people coming to Australia between 1957 and 1966.
Today, there are 48,678 Poland-born people in Australia.
Krystna has two children, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.