A 95-year-old father of six, with 17 grandchildren
and great grandchildren, has proven age is no
barrier and that it's never too late to learn.
At 91, Allan Stewart made history for being the
world's oldest university graduate after completing a
Bachelor of Law at the University of New England in
2006. And now, at 95, Stewart has enrolled in
another degree - this time a Master of Clinical
Sciences at Southern Cross University.
A retired dental practitioner from Tea Gardens,
north of Newcastle, Stewart lives by the maxim: "As
long as you keep pedalling the bike, you won't fall
off." He believes in four main principles - fitness of
body, fitness of mind, spiritual fitness and purpose
of life fitness - and is looking forward to breaking
his own record and inspiring seniors all over
Stewart said he noticed that distance education
has come a long way and is experimenting with
new technologies which allow him to speak with his
lecturers from his home.
"It is so convenient to be able to study via
distance education which is a more flexible study
option for older people like me," Stewart said.
"Obviously, you can't make plans too far ahead,
and you more or less live from day to day, but there
is still more of life's journey ahead - and that is the
"Whether you are 19 or 90, life is about doing
the best you can."