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Patriarch sees many Canberra firsts
One-hundred-year-old Irwin Prowse, at his home in Lyneham with a photo book prepared by his children, which
tells his life story in words and pictures.
Photo: Graham Tidy
A modest apartment in a Lyneham
retirement village conceals 100 years
of a life well-lived.
There Irwin Prowse celebrated his
100th birthday last week.
A photo book on his coffee table
gives an insight into that life.
The book, a gift from his children,
rests among birthday letters from the
Queen of England, the Governor-
General of Australia, Prime Minister
Tony Abbott, ACT Chief Minister
Katy Gallagher, an old friend who he
served with during the Second World
War, plus many more tributes to a
long, full life.
It tells the story of a centenary,
including the many Canberra firsts Mr
Prowse experienced after moving to
the nation's capital at the age of 12.
As a student, he was present at the
opening of Old Parliament House, he
played in the first game of competitive
rugby union in the nation's capital, and
he was the first president of the ACT
Mr Prowse was a foundation student
of Canberra Grammar School, he
remembers Canberra before the lake,
and his future wife's family owned a
sheep farm on what is now
Weetangera, from where she had to
board at Telopea Park School because
of lack of transport.
Perhaps the Prowse family's most
notable Canberra connection is Irwin's
father's shop -- the first shop set up in
Civic, known as J.W. Prowse
Hairdressing and Tobacconist.
Not only did it stock merchandise
for which it was named, the shop
stocked Melbourne newspapers,
Kodak supplies and Shelley china,
believed to be used at the opening
of Old Parliament House.
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014,
Mr Prowse turned 100 years old,
surrounded by four of his five children.
He says his secret to longevity is,
"porridge in the morning, whiskey at
night, and don't over-exercise".
His family -- five children, 11
grandchildren and nine great
grandchildren -- hosted an appropriate
celebration of Mr Prowse's centenary
on Saturday, August 23 at the Hyatt in
HEARING WEEK BENDS
It's Hearing Awareness Week and
Australian Hearing is celebrating the
thousands of Australians who have
successfully managed their hearing
loss. Terry White Chemists in
Belconnen will provide free hearing
tests on Friday. Australian Hearing
provides subsidised care for a variety
of people with hearing loss. The
organisation is the largest provider of
government funded hearing services.
For more information, contact
Australian Hearing on 131 797, or
Getting to work under the wide
Canberra skies with some technical
thinking in the mix is what the ACT's
top apprentices, Garry Mills and
Bradley Monkhouse, say keeps them
on the job.
The men were awarded the first
joint apprentice of the year award at
the annual ACT Regional
Construction Industry Training
Council ceremony on Friday.
Bradley Monkhouse, 22, who
comes from a long line of carpenters,
said he was not sure what to do when
he got his ATAR, so he went for the
default option, which he now loves.
Garry Mills, who is also 22, started
working with sheet metal when he
was in year 10, and agrees mixing
technical thinking and physical work
makes it satisfying.
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