Couple falls in love on the night shift
SHE was a gorgeous nurse and he the CEO of the Bangalow District Hospital so it was only a matter of time before Dawn and Ted crossed paths.
And when they did, back in May of 1961, it sparked the love of a lifetime.
"I was a training nurse and had a call to do night shift and so I did and then we met," Mrs Cashman said.
"I would complain that I only ever got to see the moon (doing nightshift) and not the sun, and then he asked me if he could take me somewhere to see it.
"And the rest is history."
Dawn and Ted married in October 1961 and 51 years later, are still just as in love as they were all those years ago.
"I think (in the beginning) it was this deep friendship, but it grew," Mrs Cashman said.
"Particularly when I went away to midwifery training. I got a letter in the mail from Ted saying 'please come home and marry me'."
Mr Cashman said he knew when he met Dawn that she was the woman for him.
"I rather liked her," Mr Cashman said.
"There was just something about her..."
When asked what their secret was, having been together more than half a century, Mrs Cashman said it was simple.
"Be great mates, respect and love one another," she said.
"In this day and age, I honestly think people don't work at their marriage."
The pair has five children who have all married and had children of their own, and mum and dad couldn't be more proud.
"They're just such damn good kids. We're so lucky," Mrs Cashman said.
Mr and Mrs Cashman celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary yesterday.
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