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"I insisted on keeping and running
my business after I had children.
So I'd go to hospital, have my baby
and come to work with my child,
which was very much condemned,"
Miss Dally says. "In the evening
when I was teaching, women would
call and say 'You're disgusting and
you're a terrible mother. Go home to
your starving children'."
But the more Miss Dally was
criticised, the more determined she
was to prove she could juggle her
career with her family life.
During the day, she would take
up modelling work, then rush to
teach classes at her school in the
evening. Her mother would pop by
with a home-cooked meal for her at
The college taught subjects
such as personal development,
receptionist skills, corporate
success, posture and fgure
correction, wardrobe and make-up.
Those same topics that Miss Dally
frst scribbled in her business plan
in the bush at Watsons Creek in
1949 are still being taught today.
"I think everything I teach is
worthwhile. I don't do anything
that's over-the-top, over-glamorous
or is only in fashion one year and
out the next. I teach what is basic
and what is best for the human
being," she explains.
"Many of the students who come
to me now are third generation
graduates -- often, ex-students who
are now parents and grandparents
send their daughters to me.
Everything I teach lasts forever."
The modern life
The world has changed a lot
since the 50s, when the way
people interacted with each other
and presented themselves was
quite formal and structured in
comparison to our society now.
In fact, Miss Dally believes that
modern manners are now virtually
non-existent, especially with the
introduction of the mobile phone in
the past 20 years or so.
"On the train this morning,
everyone was on their mobile.
Everyone. Modern etiquette is
shocking. People don't care. I blame
the mobile phone because everyone
is walking around on their phones
and you have to dodge them when
you're walking down the street. And
on the train, people will speak on
their phones loudly," she says.
"Yesterday, I also saw a girl sitting
on the bus, putting on her make-up.
Isn't that just disgusting? I felt like
telling her to just get up earlier in
In fact, Miss Dally doesn't own
her own mobile phone, for fear
of technology taking over her life
("We'll all turn into a bunch of
robots"). As she explains, people
now rely on their mobile phones to
fnd and store information instead
of using their brains. And now
that our lives are often disrupted
by technology, it’s diffcult for us
to fnd some peace and solitude
As a child, Miss Dally grew up on
her grandfather's sheep property
in Watsons Creek and every day,
she would walk two miles on her
own down a hill, across a creek and
halfway up another hill to attend a
bush school run by one teacher.
"That was so precious and it's
what I treasure -- that time when
you're on your own and you can
just think and imagine. Back then,
I only had myself to talk to when
I walked two miles to school," she
says. "That's not what's happening
now to so many people. They're
poking at their mobile phones
instead of using their brains. I see
people sitting at the dinner table
with their mobiles, when they
should be communicating with
How to stay active
Miss Dally has no intention of ever
retiring or leaving the successful
business that she's built.
"I don't want to retire, I want to
keep busy. When I wake up in the
morning, my body says, 'Oh Miss
Dally, I want to stay in bed!' but my
brain says, 'What about me? What
will I do?' So I get up, get dressed,
put my make-up on and then my
brain and body are both happy,"
Whether or not you're retired,
Miss Dally's advice for older ladies
and gentlemen is to keep active,
whether you're catching up with
friends, gardening or volunteering.
For example, Miss Dally is also
an ambassador for Crossroads
International, which helps to
empower women in developing
countries around the world.
"Just don't stay at home doing
nothing and sit and watch
television all day, because your
brain will fade away. We have
to keep our bodies and brains
active. It's really very important,
other wise it can slow down and
stop working," she says.
“I tell everyone I’m 25. I feel
like I’m 25 inside. It’s what I tell
everyone. If you think you’re 25,
you're going to feel it." ••
PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Commercial
ART DIRECTION: Nina Christian
STYLING: Sophie Hart
HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Michele Aikin
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