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Madeline Anderson
Madeline Anderson
Madeline Anderson at the age of 109
Birth: 4 May 1907
Dunedin, New Zealand
Death: 19 June 2018
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Age: 111 years, 46 days
Country: New ZealandNZL

Madeline McKenzie Anderson (née Orlowski; 4 May 1907 – 19 June 2018) was a New Zealand supercentenarian who is currently unvalidated. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in New Zealand.


Anderson was born Madeline McKenzie Orlowski in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 4 May 1907. She was the eldest of four daughters born to John Andrew Orlowski and his British wife Jane Robinson. Her father was the son of Polish migrants, and was the granddaughter of some of the earliest Polish settlers in New Zealand. After spending her early years in Dunedin, the family moved to a farm in Clinton, South Otago, New Zealand.[1]

Madeline married Harry Anderson on 6 September 1941. The couple had three children: a daughter, Heather List;  a son Brian, who died in a bicycle accident aged 7; and foster-son Graeme, who died in a car accident aged 20.

Anderson lived her later life in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. On her 110th birthday, she was visited by the Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski.[2] She died on 19 June 2018 at the age of 111 years, 46 days.[3][4]


New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Lavinia BaskervilleHelen DixonMary LuplauFlora BartonAlexander HughesAgnes WilsonLillian BlythEthel PearsonMary CartwrightCaroline Turner-WilliamsParewahawaha Ranginui LeonardFlorence SedcoleEdith RobisonJessie LittleMary BromleyLillian HickmottArthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean TillieWilliam Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary DoyleWilliam Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Mabel WachnerFlorence Finch • Irene MorganRuby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline AndersonLinda WigginsMabel JenkinsLola de la HayeMoy Kim NgNina BrownRonald HermannsJoan Brennan