Liz completed what was then seven years of primary schooling in Toowoomba before going to Toowoomba High School for three years to get her Senior Certificate. (This would be equivalent to the old Victorian Intermediate Certificate.) After High School, and at the age of about 17, she completed a year of training in secretarial work at a business college in Toowoomba. Basketball and vigoro were two sports that she played in her younger years, getting particular enjoyment from basketball. Attendance at Saturday afternoon movies were a regular feature of her childhood years, and she also attended Sunday School and the Presbyterian Church.
Her first job was secretarial work with Scanlan's Printing in Toowoomba, which was a job that she really enjoyed, before moving back to Brisbane with her mother to live again for a short time with Esther and John, before getting their own flat in Auchenflower, a Brisbane suburb. It was war time of course and Liz obtained a position with the United States Army, becoming Secretary to General Deitz, who was the base Quarter Master. Work was six days a week, but there were perks working for the Yanks such as free Coca Cola and morning and afternoon teas. Evie Hayes was a well-known US entertainer that Liz came to know during this time. She continued in this role until the end of 1944 when the Americans were scaling down their bases in Australia, and she then went to work as secretary to the boss of Remington Rand in Brisbane. She was still working with Remington Rand when she met Josiah John Rawson in Brisbane on 15 August 1945 (VJ Day).
John and Elizabeth had four children: