Australia’s oldest man knits adorable mini sweaters for penguins

By Mariam Digges

Australia’s oldest man knits adorable mini sweaters for penguins
109 year old Alfie Date might be Australia's oldest man, but his collection of little penguin sweaters would have you think otherwise.

109-year-old Australian Alfred Date is a keen knitter – in fact, he’s been creating beautiful hand-knitted goods since the 1930s.

So when Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation were calling for volunteers back in 2013 to knit mini sweaters for rare ‘little penguins’, Alfie (as he’s affectionately known as) was happy to pitch in.

The knitted penguin jumpers are vital in saving smaller penguins who are affected by oil pollution.

A father of seven, grandfather of 20 and a keen golfer (he played until he was 90), Alfie’s secret to long life is, “Waking up every morning”.

No doubt a healthy sense of humour has also contributed to his longevity.

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