Being very old in a young country: Centenarians and supercentenarians in Australia

  • John McCormack
Part of the Demographic Research Monographs book series (DEMOGRAPHIC)


This chapter will briey review the history of identification, recording, and documentation of centenarians and supercentenarians in Australia1. The paper explains the sources and validation methods used, as well as identifying problems and barriers to validation. The paper then critically comments on the completeness of reported supercentenarian numbers in Australia, using overseas estimates as a benchmark. This will include an evaluation of the accuracy of census and other historical data sources used to validate centenarians and supercentenarians in Australia. The paper concludes with comments on the possible future number of people age 100 years or more, and how Australia might institutionalize their identification and recording.


Australian Bureau Census Count Census Record Exceptional Longevity Australian Census 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Work and Social Policy, Health Sciences FacultyLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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