Dorothy Collis was the eldest daughter of William Collis, a tram driver, and his wife Dorcas. She was born at 19 Oatley Road, Paddington, in Sydney, and spent her early years living around Bondi Beach and Paddington.
Dorothy attended Sydney Girls High School. She was very proud of the fact that she knew the author, Ethel Turner, who wrote "Seven Little Australians". Dorothy was a good scholar and had a fine mind; her main interest was reading especially history, biographies and politics. She had a very wide knowledge and was a good conversationalist.
Dorothy never spoke much of her early life, except to say the family moved a lot, and she never wanted to move from the house she lived in, in Helen Street, Lane Cove, until it was forced upon her when the area was zoned for home units.
Her mother, Dorcas, was unwell when Dorothy was young, and she looked after her siblings and especially her sister Thelma. Thelma and Dorothy were great friends all their lives.
After leaving school, Dorothy joined the Public Service in the Child Welfare Department. Dorothy met her husband through a mutual friend in her office, Ivy Brown. Dorothy and Edmund married at St. Phillips Church in Sydney on the 12 March, 1927 and had two children. According to her daughter, she gave her children a very happy and secure home life.
One of her loves was Bridge and she and some friends played every second week taking it in turns to host the game in different homes. These friends played together for many years until one by one they died.
She died after a stroke on 28 December, 1970 and was cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium.
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