Dexter Kruger: Australia’s oldest man, 111, reveals secrets of long life are eating chicken brains and living simply | World News

Australia’s oldest man has revealed some of his secrets for long life – including eating chicken brains.

Dexter Kruger, a former rancher and vet, is 111 years and 124 days old and told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) a weekly poultry delicacy had contributed to his longevity.

Dexter Kruger is a former rancher and vet who writes books and poetry. Pic: AP
Dexter Kruger is a former rancher and vet who writes books and poetry. Pic: AP

Speaking from his nursing home in rural Queensland, Mr Kruger said: “Chicken brains. You know, chickens have a head. And in there, there’s a brain. And they are delicious little things. There’s only one little bite.”

Chicken’s brains are smaller even than the bird’s eyeball, according to, which describes them as “a fatty organ that taste a lot like chicken fat with a unique sponge-like texture”.

Mr Kruger’s son Greg, himself a sprightly 74, puts his father’s long life down to his simple Outback lifestyle.

The centenarian, who also writes books and poetry, spent his life on the land, refusing to retire from his 5,300-hectare (13,000-acre) cattle property in the Maranoa region until his mid-90s, ABC said.

Much of his longevity he puts down to the simple lifestyle he enjoyed in the bush.

“It’s because I do things differently,” Mr Kruger, who is currently writing his autobiography, said.

Nursing home manger Melanie Calvert said Mr Kruger is “probably one of the sharpest residents here”.

“His memory is amazing for a 111-year-old,” Ms Calvert said.

A party in his honour is being held at the home.

John Taylor, a founder of The Australian Book of Records, confirmed that Mr Kruger had become the oldest-ever Australian man.

The oldest-ever verified Australian was Christina Cook, who died in 2002 aged 114 years and 148 days.

Australia’s previous oldest man was First World War veteran Jack Lockett, who died in 2002 aged 111 years and 123 days.

Sky News