Fam­ily ties cel­e­brated at Short

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By NATALIE HOLMES


This many! (Holds up two fin­gers) I’ve got two dogs – Saint and Sarge

Favourite song? Um, it’s flamingo song!

Favourite colour? Dragons colour

Favourite game? My name is Dragon. I’ve got a donut in here! (Pulls a toy donut out of pocket.)

Mikey. He’s my brother,

Who is your best friend?

he goes to big school.

What makes you laugh? What makes you sad? What are you afraid of?


What are you re­ally good at? Dragons What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?


What is your favourite fruit?

Tomato. I eat toma­toes at my house, I like sour toma­toes.

What do you want to be when you grow up?


How old is grown up?

(Starts laugh­ing) (Cheeky smile) Nope! Nope. I’m not scared of 70 years old! A WHEN twins Don Daw­son and Dawn Prowse marked their 80th birth­day in Dubbo re­cently, the most fit­ting venue for their cel­e­bra­tion was at the pop­u­lar Short Street Store. Once the fam­ily home of their ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Thomas Moore, the eatery at 11 Short Street may have a dif­fer­ent pur­pose these days but has not changed too much from its orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­tural style.

“Every time we come back to Dubbo, we come back to Short Street for a cof­fee,” Mrs Prowse said.

“Our grand­fa­ther had the prop­erty dur­ing his re­tire­ment,” she ex­plained. “It still has the same essence, what they be­gan has con­tin­ued so that fam­ily tra­di­tions can con­tinue.”

Mr Moore moved to the store in the 1920s, shortly af­ter his wife Mary’s death.

“It be­came the cor­ner store af­ter it was a fam­ily home,” Mr Daw­son added.

Although their mother and aunt had lived at the res­i­dence, the twins never had the op­por­tu­nity to meet their grand­fa­ther. Mr Moore passed away in 1932, seven years be­fore their birth. The twins were born when their mother Florence was 39 years old, and their dual ar­rival was com­pletely un­ex­pected.

“Dr Flower thought there was only one baby, so it was a sur­prise.”

The sib­lings re­call go­ing to the store as chil­dren.

“We lived at 20 Short Street,” Mrs Prowse said.

“We used to come to the shop quite of­ten,” Mr Daw­son added. “There was a bak­ery and shop.

“Our dad (Herb) had a cor­ner store in Bris­bane Street,” Mrs Prowse said.

Their mother was also a twin, and she and her sis­ter Beatrice were born in 1900 and lived to the ages of 85 and 88 re­spec­tively.

Mr Daw­son and Mrs Prowse were the fifth chil­dren for Herb and Florence, with only their el­der brother Les liv­ing to adult­hood while their younger sib­lings Dorothy and Hil­ton both passed away at just 11 months old. Les also be­came a great-grand­fa­ther to twins.

Longevity ap­pears to be a fam­ily trait, along with mul­ti­ple births.

“There are a lot of iden­ti­cal twins in the fam­ily,” Mrs Prowse said.

“An­other of Mum’s sis­ters had two lots of twins. There are also triplets in the fam­ily.”

The Moores had 18 chil­dren and raised their fam­ily at Hazel­wood near Dubbo.

Grow­ing up as an only child, Mrs Moore de­liv­ered many of her own chil­dren, and be­came a mid­wife for the dis­trict. She had her iden­ti­cal twin daugh­ters at age 44.

Of their 18 chil­dren, six sons and four sons-in-law all fought in World War I. Mirac­u­lously all of them re­turned, in­clud­ing one son who had been deemed miss­ing in ac­tion.

“Uncle Harry re­turned three months af­ter the war ended, he came back with an­other bat­tal­ion,” Mrs Prowse ex­plained.

Mrs Prowse has had a long mar­riage and cur­rently lives in Ta­ree. She has been in­volved in sport for most of her life, in­clud­ing swim­ming. She was a foun­da­tional mem­ber of Austswim some 40 years ago with the aim of en­abling ev­ery­one the same op­por­tu­nity to learn to swim. She re­ceived an OAM for her ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to swim­ming.

Mr Daw­son re­mained in Dubbo and worked with brother Les at Daw­son’s Plaster Works for more than 30 years. In run­ning the busi­ness, they lived by the motto, ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’ and every man who ap­proached them for em­ploy­ment was given a chance.

The twins’ ac­tual birth­day was on May 7; the Dubbo party was or­gan­ised for them by their niece Beth Cross. Dawn and Don


Don Daw­son and Dawn Prowse, pictured cel­e­brat­ing their 80th birth­day at the Short Street Store on May 10.

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