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Mary MacPherson
Birth: 4 February 1887
New South Wales, Australia
Death: 11 December 1996
New South Wales, Australia
Age: 109 years, 311 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

Mary Catherine McKenzie McPherson (4 February 1887 – 11 December 1996) was an Australian centenarian who was the oldest living person in Australia at the time of her death.


MacPherson was born in Levenstrath, New South Wales, Australia, on 4 February 1887 as one of 13 children born to Hugh McPherson (c.1838–1919) and Catherine McKenna (1848–1922). She never married nor had children, but helped to care for other family members.

Until the age of 103, MacPherson was able to mow the lawn at her residence in Mullumbimbi. When she was 106, she moved to Maclean to be cared for by relatives. On 24 June 1996, MacPherson became the oldest living person in Australia following the death of 111-year-old Ada Stockdale.

MacPherson died in Maclean, New South Wales, Australia, on 11 December 1996, at the age of 109 years, 311 days. Following her death, then-108-year-old Christina Cock became the oldest person 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 Reid