Dexter Kruger, 109, is working on his 13th book and will soon have his whole collection in the Queensland State Library.
Dexter Kruger, 109, is working on his 13th book and will soon have his whole collection in the Queensland State Library. Ellen Ransley

Stories of Australia's oldest man to inspire generations

IN THE words of his late wife, not many can say they have achieved as much in life as Australia's oldest man, Dexter Kruger.

At 109 years of age, Mr Kruger is set to be an inspiration for generations to come after the Queensland Premier purchased his collection of 12 books for permanent placement in the State Library of Queensland.

Currently working on his 13th book from his room at Pinaroo, Mr Kruger wrote to Annastacia Palaszczuk, asking her to "do me the honour of purchasing my collection”.

"In later years I have taken up writing and, over the past 23 years, I have written 300 stories, many quotes, quips and points to ponder and a few poems,” Mr Kruger said.

"These stories are anecdotal, unique, historical, informative and written in my own inimitable style.

"My 13th book will be an entire biography on the Kruger family, spanning from my great-grandfather in 1786, who was a tool maker in Germany, up until my own family beginnings in Kilcoy.

"I am compiling a dossier on each generation.

"I don't want to rush it, so it might not be finished in time for my 110th birthday.

"To have my stories put in the library, they have to be good and they have to be vetted. It's an honour.”

The collection will be placed in the state library for the enjoyment of all.

"Dexter Kruger is a truly remarkable, very proud and perceptive Queenslander,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Simply, as a wordsmith and author, his 12 books containing 240,000 words are proof alone of that.

"Mr Kruger has also contributed so much to improve our beef cattle industry in his five decades as a grazier.

"His stories, pictures and drawings, spanning from when he was just five on the land around Kilcoy, the Brisbane Valley and parts of the Darling Downs, are such wonderful insights and are a valuable record for generations to come.”


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