At the birthday celebration … Trevor Otto, Mick’s son Russell Purser, Alf “Mick” Purser, Muriel and Jeff Schultz and Harvy Dascombe (Photo: Castra)

April 30, 2024

World War II veteran Alfred “Mick” Purser turned 101 recently but that couldn’t stop him from attending Anzac Day commemorations at Murgon last week.

Mick, as he’s better known, has been a regular at the Murgon event all his life.

He enlisted in the RAAF on August 25, 1941, and after training as a pilot, flew DC-3s from Australia to Papua New Guinea.

After he was discharged in 1946, Mick returned to Murgon to complete his apprenticeship as a mechanic.

He became well-known as the owner of the Murgon Garage and later took over the local school bus runs.

Along the way, he also served on Murgon Shire Council.

Mick sold Pursers Coaches to Harvy Dascombe in 1996.

These days, Mick resides at Southern Cross Care (Castra) in Murgon but still keeps up with local events.

He was a special guest at this year’s Murgon Centenary Show in March.

Staff put on a special morning tea for Mick and his friends on April 19 to mark his birthday.

Alf “Mick” Purser with his special 101st Birthday cake (Photo: Castra)

South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff dropped in to wish Mick a Happy Birthday (Photo: Castra)

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