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Newspaper article on Peter Henderson reaching 90

A NONAGENARIAN

Mr. Peter Edwin Henderson, who celebrated his ninetieth birthday last week, is remarkable, not merely because he has attained a great age, but because he is still bright and hearty, and in a fair way to live out his century. He is a well-known figure at Glenferrie, where he resides, and is to be seen daily taking his strolls, accompanied only by his faithful dog. Mr. Henderson has the unique distinction of having lived in five English reigns. He was born in Yorkshire in 1813, two years before the Battle of Waterloo, and "when George III was King." He has thus lived in the reigns of George IV, William IV, Queen Victoria and Edward VIII. He was a lad when Sir Rowland Hill introduced our present system of postage, and when the late Queen Victoria was born, and long before telegraphing became an accomplished fact. He may be said to have preceded all applications of electrical science, the invention of photography, and the locomotive engine.
He was articled to George Stephenson, of railway fame, and in 1848 married a French lady, Mdlle. Caroline Le Blond, by whom he had nine sons and two daughters, all, with the exception of two sons, now living. Arriving in Sydney, after a five months' voyage, he came to Melbourne in 1860, and followed the occupation of a Civil and Mining Engineer and Surveyor. He has long retired from the active practice of his profession, and lives quietly and healthily with his two daughters at Glenferrie.
His sons may be said to be well spread over the states of the Australian Commonwealth. They are Mr. Victor Edwin Henderson, the Deputy-Collector of taxes; Mr. George G. Henderson, the well-known Melbourne auctioneer; Dr. Arthur V. Henderson, practising at Camberwell, and Mr. Albert J. Henderson, of Melbourne; Mr. Henry J. Henderson, architect, of Adelaide, S.A.; Mr. Louis C. Henderson, financial agent, of Sydney, and Mr. Edger J. Henderson, architect, of Perth, W.A.
Mr. Henderson was the recipient of so many congratulatory calls and messages upon his 90th birthday on Tuesday, the 6th October, that, to use this own words, he was surprised to find that after all these years he has not outlived his friends. He is as sane and lively of mind as he is healthy of body, and although "90, not out" has no idea of voluntarily retiring from the game of life.
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