Celebrating a milestone 100 years of age, Ben Shom was honoured last month by members of Meadows Springs Golf and Country Club with a cake and celebration after completing a solid nine holes of golf. He has been an integral part of the club since its inception.
Born in Subiaco, Mr Shom has led an extraordinary life. At 18 years of age, he volunteered to join the Australian Army and would go on to become a ‘Rat of Tobruk’, one of our nation’s elite group of Australian soldiers who fought in the Middle East during World War II.
Having endured the Great Depression with his sister in a single-parent household and in the care of his grandmother who moved here from Victoria to care for him, Mr Shom would go on to secure a job working at Boans, a department store that operated in the city from 1895 to 1986. He retired as Associate Director of Boans, 50 years later.
An avid boatie, Mr Shom was a member of Royal Perth Yacht Club and his family owned a mooring at their beloved Rottnest Island for 50 years.
Perhaps the secret to Mr Shom’s longevity is his love of sport. He was inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of fame in 2018 for his significant contribution to the Western Australian team, including winning their first Shield in 1952. Mr Shom was also a wicketkeeper at Perth Cricket Club and set an as yet, unbeaten record of the most dismissals of 43 in the 1948/49 season.
Mr Shom was married to his late wife Jeanie, who passed away late last year, for 61 years. He is a proud father, grandfather and great grandfather.