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Queensland LNP MPs Fiona Simpson, Maroochydore, and Ann Leahy, Roma, were among many congratulating Dexter Kruger on his milestone on Monday. Photo supplied.

Queensland LNP MPs Fiona Simpson, Maroochydore, and Ann Leahy, Roma, were among many congratulating Dexter Kruger on his milestone on Monday. Photo supplied.

You may have read about Dexter Kruger in one of your local papers before.

Mr Kruger is Australia's oldest man. At 111, the retired farmer has seen and done a lot in his life from being a vet surgeon, to pioneering the live-weight cattle selling system to writing more than 10 books, and this week he became the oldest Australian in history.

On Monday, Mr Kruger turned 111 years and 124 days, surpassing the milestone set by World War I veteran Jack Locket of Victoria, who died in 2002 at the age of 111 years and 123 days old.

To those who know him Mr Kruger is a "living legend".

Warrego MP Ann Leahy was among a bevy of well-wishers at the Pinaroo Aged Care Home, in Roma in outback Queensland, congratulating him on a remarkable achievement.

"Dexter is a living legend," Ms Leahy said. "I've met with him on many special occasions and have enjoyed his humour and stories about life on the land."

It's incredible to think when Mr Kruger was born Canberra wasn't even the capital of Australia.

He's lived through two world wars, seen rockets launched into space and man walk on the moon and seen the technology advance from telephones to computers and tablets.

But if you ask him what he thinks is the greatest invention in his lifetime, it might not be what you'd think.

"The washing machine," Mr Kruger told The Senior.

"Just imagine the population we have today and all the hand washing they'd have to do. I think 100 per cent of homes now would have a washing machine."

And as for the secret of a long life?

"Eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, sleep when sleepy and don't stop breathing or you'll die."

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