Family album finds a home

Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
FOUND: Evette Scopes is looking for the family of Rene and Will Dawson whose photo album she has acquired
WEDDED BLISS: Rene and Will Dawson lived at 110 Titirangi Rd for many years.

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The mystery has been solved.

Evette Scopes has found the rightful owner of a photo album once belonging to a family by the name of Dawson.

A December 5 article in the Western Leader featured the Hillsborough resident who was trying to find the owner of a large pink photograph album.

Mrs Scopes brother-in-law Grahame had moved from his Titirangi Rd home in the 1980s and left most of his belongings with her.

Among his things was a photo album left behind by the previous owner which Mrs Scopes wanted to return to the Dawson family.

According to postcards in the album Irene and William Dawson had lived at number 110 in the 1970s.

Lynette Howe contacted the Western Leader after her cousin Pat read the story to say the album belonged to her mother.

Mrs Howe, 71, says her mother and Mr Dawson were married for about 20 years until Mrs Dawson's death in the 60s.

They had met at Greenlane Hospital where Mr Dawson had been a patient and Irene a nurse.

The pair had never had children and Mrs Howe says she had little contact with her mother growing up because the family had scattered around.

The last time Mrs Howe saw Mr Dawson was when he came to drop off a watch her mother had left her after she died.

"He came all the way to Queen St to give me this lovely watch because he thought I would want to have it."

She's not sure what became of Mr Dawson but Mrs Scopes says it was her brother-in-law who dropped him off at a retirement village when he moved out of the Titirangi Rd home.

He can't remember which retirement village he took him to. After so long Mrs Howe says it was a shock to see the photographs published in the newspaper.

Mrs Scopes says she's thrilled to return the album. It turns out the women lived just streets apart in Mt Albert and knew a lot of the same people.

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