Former watchmaker celebrates 100th

BANKSTOWN City Aged Care resident Victor Prance received a surprise visit from Mayor Bilal El-Hayek earlier this month who dropped in to wish him a Happy 100th Birthday.

Born in Australia on May 4, 1924, and married twice, Victor is the father of five, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of 22.
His second wife Margaret lives with him in Yallambee Village in Revesby.
Victor served in the Royal Australian Navy for four years after joining at 17, and was part of the ASDIC (Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee) – later known as sonar – and was trained in locating submarines and their distance by using sound waves and went on to receive awards for his contributions.
After he left the Navy, he worked as a watchmaker and managed five shops in the Hunter Valley before becoming a watch buyer for Waltons, obtaining watches from all over the world.
After retiring at 65, he and Margaret opened company Grandfather Vic’s Co so he could continue his passion of building and selling grandfather clocks all over the world.
With hobbies including watching cricket, bowling, reading novels and travelling, he said one of the highlights of his life was staying in Zimbabwe, Africa, for a week on a safari camp where he got up close and personal to wild animals.