Dawes family creates dental dynasty
By DAVID BANCROFT
WHEN Beth Dawes became one of the State's first female dental technicians in 1964, she could not have realised she would set off a chain of events that would establish a State, if not national, first.
Three generations of the Dawes family have now become dental technicians. No similar lineage has been recorded in New South Wales.
Beth Dawes started her training with her dentist husband Bert in the days when dentists trained their own technicians and it 'went on from there'.
"I had some training before I got the formal recognition," she said.
It was in 1978 that Bert and Beth's son, Ken, completed his training and now his daughter, 21-year-old Jessica, has completed her dental technician training and has started working with her father.
"I didn't really want to go to uni and I had done a few hours a week in the surgery after school and I just stuck with it," Jessica said.
"I liked it so I stayed.
"Working with Dad sometimes has its moments. There's times when I could throttle him, but generally it's great.
"He teaches me things that if I was working with any other 'Joe Blow' I probably wouldn't be learning.
"He always takes me that step further."
Ken, who now does prosthetics, still loves the job and working with his daughter.
"Every day is different," he said.
Next year Jessica will take further steps in her father's footprints when she starts studying to be a prosthetist.
And Beth, the woman who started it all, is now a typical grandmother. "I'm really proud of them. They are great," she said.