A remarkable lady has celebrated the remarkable achievement of turning 101.

Dawn Crosbie celebrated her birthday with about 15 friends at the Waterfront Hotel at Diddillibah earlier this month.

Dawn’s daughter Betty Wakefield, from Palmwoods, says her mother is from Newcastle but has been forced to stay with her on the Coast due to the ongoing border closures because of Covid – a situation that has caused some unseen problems

“She didn’t have anything to wear for her birthday!” Betty says. “She came up with only a few clothes for winter and now it’s warming up – she didn’t intend to be here for her birthday.”

Born in September 1920, Dawn lived in Sydney until her father lost his job in the Great Depression. He bought a ute and travelled to the Darling Downs, where Dawn grew up. She then moved to Newcastle when she was about 15. 

She later married and had four kids: three daughters (including Betty) and a son. She still lives independently in Newcastle.

“Mum’s had a fairly active life – she’s worked all her life and raised a family,” Betty (pictured left with her mother) says. “They actually owned a hotel at Aberdeen (in NSW) called the Segenhoe Inn. They had a property up that way and they ran cattle, so she worked the hotel and the property – a very busy woman!”

Dawn’s tip for a long life is to have a can-do attitude.

“Never say no,” she says. “I’ve always worked and played a lot of sport and done dancing.”