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Marta Kallas
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Marta Kallas at her wedding in 1934.
Centenarian

Marta Kallas (26 December 1904 - 31 May 2014) was an Estonian-Australian centenarian who is the oldest person ever born in Estonia.

Biography

Marta Kallas was born in Estonia on 26 December 1904. In 1926, at the age of 22, she arrived in Australia with her uncle and his family due to Russian and German occupation. In 1941, at the age of 37, she moved from Paddington to Lane Cove and then to Longueville, near Sydney. She married and got two children; Asta and Harold, who died in 2003.

According to her daughter Asta, she reached such an advanced age due to having a country diet and fresh air while she was growing up as well as hard work. At the age of 98 in 2003, she went back to her birth country Estonia for the first time since leaving as a young woman.

Marta Kallas died on 31 May 2014 at the age of 109 years, 155 days, making her the oldest Estonian-born person ever. She was survived by her daughter Asta, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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