Harry Oakley was 78 years old when he retired as a wool buyer in 1941. An article published in the Yarrawonga Chronicle in 1953 when Harry was celebrating his 90th birthday stated that he had retired ten years previously when he was 80 years old. I have used a letter written to Harry by his employer 'Farmers & Graziers, Albury', in 1941 referring to his retirement and a pension awarded to him for his service as my source for his year of retirement.
In his later years Harry suffered with arthritis in his legs, but he lived to see his 90th birthday in 1953. The newspaper article referred to in the previous paragraph quoted Harry as attributing his long life to the years spent out of doors, combined with him being a moderate drinker and smoker and living and keeping to a regular life.
Harry's wife Olive died in 1948 in her 80th year. Harry lived for another five years. He died on June 26, 1953, at Mulwala, and was buried with Olive and his father-in-law Henry Bishop in the Mulwala Cemetery.