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Jessie Pearce
Jessie Pearce
Birth: 11 April 1860
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Death: 18 June 1967
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Age: 107 years, 68 days
Country: United Kingdom UK AustraliaAUS

Jessie Pearce (née Thom; 11 April 1860 – 18 June 1967) was a British-born Australian centenarian who may have been the oldest living person in Australia at the time of her death.


Jessie Thom was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK on 11 April 1860. Her parents were William and Elizabeth (née Campbell) Thom. She had two siblings. She emigrated to Australia in the early 1920s. She married Alfred Porter Pearce in 1927.

She became the oldest known living person in Australia on 21 May 1965, aged 105, following the death of 107-year-old Helen Dunbar.

Jessie Pearce died in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on 18 June 1967 at the age of 107 years, 68 days. After her death Clara Byrne became oldest living woman in Australia.


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 Moore