Triplets hit big 7-0

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

IT WAS a cold and frosty morn­ing when the McCon­nell triplets, David, Ernest and Nor­man were born at the Mun­dub­bera Hospi­tal on July 21 back in 1944.

Their par­ents Cliff and May lived on a dairy farm at Glen­rae, seven miles from Mun­dub­bera where they had no power, just horses and a spring cart.

Doc­tor Ore­gan, a highly re­spected med­i­cal man who had served in the First World War, was the med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the hospi­tal at the time.

Nor­man’s carer, Glo­ria Miller, said the triplets were put in one cot with lots of rolled up news­pa­pers around them and taken to the hospi­tal’s kitchen where the wood stove was kept burn­ing con­tin­u­ally to give them warmth.

Glo­ria Miller Con­sid­er­ing that the hospi­tal had no spe­cial equip­ment like to­day, Dr Ore­gan and his staff did a mar­vel­lous job.

“They were tube-fed for some time, and con­sid­er­ing that the hospi­tal had no spe­cial equip­ment like to­day, Dr Ore­gan and his staff did a mar­vel­lous job,” she said.

“While the town was abuzz with the news of the first ever set of triplets be­ing born, Cliff was un­aware of the birth un­til 12 hours later as May had been liv­ing in town,” she said.

Sis­ter Beryl Imhoff said the triplets were born six weeks pre­ma­ture weigh­ing 3lbs 6ozs, 3lbs 8ozs and 3lbs 14ozs.

“I had to leave school at 13 at the end of schol­ar­ship to look af­ter the triplets when they were 18 months old,” Ms Imhoff said.

“When the triplets were born the fam­ily jumped from six chil­dren to nine but even­tu­ally there were 13 – 10 boys and three girls.”

On Satur­day the broth­ers cel­e­brated their 70th birth­day with fam­ily and friends at the Commercial Ho­tel at Biggen­den.

To­day Dave lives at Biggen­den, Nor­man at Ap­ple Tree Creek and Ernest at Gayn­dah.

Nor­man and Ernest, who are iden­ti­cal, both en­joy wood­work with some of Nor­man’s do­nated as stage dec­o­ra­tions for the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

In early July he pre­sented Joy McKean with a carved bust of Slim Dusty when she vis­ited Bund­aberg.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: The McCon­nell triplets David (Biggen­den), Ernest (Gayn­dah) and Nor­man (Ap­ple Tree Creek) cel­e­brated their birth­day with fam­ily and friends at Biggen­den on Satur­day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

McCon­nell triplets, Nor­man, Ernest and David when they started school in 1950.

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