Elma has record 50 great grandkids

Elma with grand daughters Harmony, Krystal and Elma’s daughter Roslyn Gray in the Mary n Me unique handcrafts and gift ware shop in Ulmarra.
Elma with grand daughters Harmony, Krystal and Elma’s daughter Roslyn Gray in the Mary n Me unique handcrafts and gift ware shop in Ulmarra. JoJo Newby

WHEN Roslyn Gray was a kid and her family went camping, the tent was like a circus big top.

And it would need to be to house her, her parents and eight siblings.

Now her mother Elma Ward would need a campsite or two to house the whole clan.

She has just welcomed her 50th great grandchild into the world in what is believed to be an Australian record. Imagine a great grandchild's birthday almost every week.

They don't all get presents any more but Roslyn said her mother still remembers them all.

Tyson James John Ward was born last week in Cairns, completing the half century for the family.

For Roslyn, who has four children and five granddaughters of her own, growing up in a large family certainly had its benefits.

"It was fantastic," she told The Daily Examiner. "If you hated one person, there was always someone else to play with."

She described her 81-year-old mother Elma as "a real hugger" and "a bit of a legend" who could whip up huge stews.

"But there was a mile of washing up to do after," Roslyn said.

"My younger sister used to always used to sneak off to the toilet to try to get out of it."

Elma's record is uncontested save from one other lady.

"She was from Malta though and brought six children from overseas, so that doesn't count," Roslyn quipped.


Check out The Daily Examiner next week for more on Elma's story and photos of the great grandchildren.

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