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Dexter Kruger
Dexter Kruger
Kruger on 17 May 2021, being recognized as Australia's oldest man of all time
Birth: 13 January 1910
Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia
Death: 20 July 2021
Roma, Queensland, Australia
Age: 111 years, 188 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

Dexter Kruger (13 January 1910 – 20 July 2021) was an Australian supercentenarian and author who may have been the oldest known living person in Australia at the time of his death and the oldest Australian man ever. His age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early life and family[]

Kruger was born in Nundah, Queensland, Australia on 13 January 1910. He grew up on the family property "Union Park", Kilcoy. He started selling cattle in his own name when he was 16, and acquired his own farmland in his twenties. He was a pioneer of the live-weight cattle selling system; in 1951, as a member of the United Graziers Association, he moved a motion to have live-weight scales installed in Cannon Hill, Queensland. He continued working as a farmer until he retired at the age of 95.

Kruger married Gladys Beanland in 1942, with whom he had one son, Greg. They were married for over 50 years before her death in the 1990s. Two of Kruger's cousins lived to 100, and his aunt lived to 103.

Later life[]

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Kruger, aged 108, meeting with Senator Amanda Stoker (left) and Member Ann Leahy (right) in December 2018

Kruger lived on his own until the age of 103, when he moved into a care home in Roma, Queensland, Australia. A fellow resident at the home, Olive Reade, was four days younger than Kruger and they sometimes celebrated their birthdays together until Reade's death at 107 in November 2018.

Kruger was taken for a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the age of 106. In December 2018, a month before his 109th birthday, he was visited by Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker and Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly Ann Leahy.

At the age of 110, Kruger was still exercising daily. On 13 January 2021, he celebrated his 111th birthday. After a brief illness, Kruger died on 20 July 2021 at the age of 111 years, 188 days. His age was verified by Stefan Maglov and James Robert, assisted by LQ CEO, Ben Meyers, and validated by LongeviQuest on 10 March 2023.


Kruger started writing books at the age of 86, following the death of his wife. In total, he has written more than 300 stories in 12 books, plus his autobiography, "The Life and Times of Dexter Kruger", published on 17 May 2021. He has also written poetry. His books are available to purchase through his Facebook page.

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Kruger at the age of 109, with a copy of his 12th book As You Like It

In May 2019, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk purchased his collection of 12 books for permanent placement in the State Library of Queensland.

Media appearances[]

Kruger featured in a documentary called The 100+ Club, broadcast on Australian television in 2012, which followed the lives of Kruger and two other centenarians who lived active lives.

In 2013, Kruger was interviewed for the podcast 100 Not Out, in which he talked about his life, detailed his dietary habits, and read some of his own poetry.

In 2017, he was interviewed as part of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That series, in which interviewees are asked questions that people might be afraid to ask. When asked about sex, Kruger said “I’ve only had one girl in my life. I think one is enough. One is enough at a time, anyway.” He also stated that the telephone was the best invention he's seen during his lifetime, describing it as “like magic."

In June 2020, Kruger was interviewed for ABC's RN Drive programme after becoming a digital subscriber to his local newspaper, which had stopped its print editions as a cost-saving response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August 2021, he posthumously featured in a further documentary called The 110+ Club, broadcast as part of ABC Religion & Ethics.

Longevity records[]

Kruger was originally believed to have become Australia's oldest living man following the death of Alfred Powell on 30 April 2017. However, it is now believed he gained this title upon the death of Hilton Nunn on 17 October 2017.

Kruger became the oldest living person in Australia after the death of Mabel Crosby on 29 December 2020, the first man to hold this title since John Campbell Ross in 2009. However, he has been the oldest known living Australian-born person since the death of Wilhelmina Overall on 21 October 2018, as Crosby was born in England.

After turning 110, Kruger became the fifth recorded male supercentenarian in the history of Australia, as well as the first from Queensland. On 17 May 2021, he ostensibly surpassed the 21 year-long record of Jack Lockett and became the oldest man ever from Australia and Oceania.



Australia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Helen DunbarJessie PearceClara ByrneAda SharpHonora CorriganMary KeeferJosephine GasseElizabeth SwattonSamuel RoweSarah Potter • Jane Piercy • Mary NixonCaroline Mockridge • Agnes Dodds • Mary Hurley • Ada WhitfieldBeatrice Pollock • Gertie Nesbitt • Kit St. Clair • Ada Cleggett • Ada Stockdale • Mary MacPherson • Christina Cock • Jessie Hurley • Alice Lindsay • Sarah DaveyMyra Nicholson • E. Beatrice Riley • John Campbell Ross • Miriam Schmierer • Eva McConnell • Jane Gray • Vi Robbins • Ethel Farrell • Mary Whitehurst • Marjorie CookeMargaret VivianWilhelmina OverallAgnes Kluckhenn • Mabel CrosbyDexter KrugerIvy TateIna ReidGwen MooreCatherina van der LindenMarija RuljancichKen Weeks

Australia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Robert Hewson • Gordon WilliamsFrederick McGill • Bill Wallace • Robert McMiekenKosta Malco • James Wright • Robert Jordan • Jack Lockett • Francis Kelly • William CaddySydney Bond • Frank Scarrabelotti • John Campbell Ross • Claude Choules • James HopeAnthony Hoffman • Fred Lunghusen • Alfred Date • Alfred Powell • Hilton NunnDexter KrugerFrank MawerKen Weeks