Brisbane’s Carolyn Ashmore won Maryborough RSL’s Girl in a Million competition in 1965.
Brisbane’s Carolyn Ashmore won Maryborough RSL’s Girl in a Million competition in 1965.

Still one in a million

SHE WAS just 17 and when she went abroad dignitaries would shower her smashing mum, Peggy, with greetings before they twigged she wasn't the “Girl in a Million”.

Prominent Brisbane businesswoman, Carolyn Ashmore, now 62, chuckled this week about the mistaken identity, adding “Mum was only 37 and very attractive and I would just be following behind.”

Carolyn was the sixth and youngest winner of the Maryborough RSL's amazing Girl in a Million competition in 1965 and she says it “changed my life and opened all sorts of doors for the future”.

Carolyn clung to another of her prizes, a Valiant car, for years, but she and her mum – her chaperone – easily spent the two hundred pounds prize money in their eight-week round the world trip which was part of the package.

Maryborough's Carolyn went on to Queensland University, ended up high in the Federal Immigration Department and is listed in Who's Who of Australian women with immigration postings in the Philippines, Dublin and London.

Carolyn was born in Dalby and moved to Maryborough where she went to school.

She has been a partner and director of Ashmore Brown and Associates in Queen Street, Brisbane, since 1994 and recently married her Scots partner, Harry Mann.

Carolyn was diagnosed with MS at age 31 and says she's handled it, but she doesn't play top golf anymore.

She's certainly become a woman in a million.



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