In July 1965 Shirley Ann Lawson gave birth to five children (four girls and one boy) – the first set of quintuplets born in New Zealand. The Lawson family was instantly famous, but the happy family scenes captured on the National Film Unit's pictorial parade did not last. Sam and Shirley Ann Lawson split up when the quins were six. Mrs Lawson remarried some years later, but was murdered by her second husband in 1982.
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Reference: Pictorial Parade 168. National Film Unit, 1965
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