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Mary Hurley
Mary Hurley
Hurley at the age of 108.
Birth: 4 May 1880
New South Wales, Australia
Death: 16 November 1990
New South Wales, Australia
Age: 110 years, 196 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

Mary Ellen Hurley (4 May 1880 – 16 November 1990) was an Australian supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of death, she was the oldest living person in Australia.


Hurley was born on a sheep station near Young, New South Wales, Australia, on 4 May 1880. She spent her youth working on the property before moving to Sydney where she worked as a receptionist at the Lewisham Hospital. Hurley later settled in the Waverley district and worked in David Jones. According to the director of Loreto Nursing Home, Jennifer Rebbechi, Hurley once told a reporter she had not married because she was ill at the age 35, and she believed she had one day to live. After that, she said she was too fragile to marry. She also said she had never met a man that she would like to marry.

On 4 April 1989, Hurley became the oldest living person in Australia following the death of 109-year old Agnes Dodds. She spent last 30 years of her life living at the Loreto Nursing Home. At the age of 109, she used to read romantic novels.

Hurley died at the Loreto Nursing Home in Bronte, New South Wales, Australia, on 16 November 1990, at the age of 110 years, 196 days.


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