Waltzing through 65 years of marriage
WHEN George and Melda first met on the dance floor in St George 65 years ago, little did they know they would be waltzing their way through life together.
From that fateful Friday night dance, a long life of love and family came to be, and yesterday they celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary.
Daughter Patricia Creegan said her parents had met in a different time.
"A lot was decided when you are on the dance floor waltzing," she said.
"Dad is a whiz on his computer now, but this online dating thing has him completely baffled.
"Mum and dad have blissfully danced through life, meeting each crossroad with enthusiasm and believe their secret to a long marriage has been very much to sit and talk it out."
After their first dance in the shire hall in 1955, the couple would go on to spend most Friday nights there.
Six months later, they were engaged. George was 23, and Melda was 19.
They married on February 12, 1955 in St George, the last couple to be married in the quaint little church on Victoria St prior to it being relocated to the New Anglican Church grounds.
They soon became parents to five girls and to this day, discuss the struggles of raising all girls. George was a farmer and none of the girls were happy to milk the cows.
Albeit they now have nine grandchildren and six great- grandchildren who are all happy to visit and find jobs to help their nanna and pop.
Living all their married life in St George has meant George and Melda have been active citizens in the community for a long time. At 89, George is still playing bowls and Melda swims most mornings at the local pool.
"It is a great meeting place for her and on the odd occasion when she is not swimming by 5.30am, then someone is checking," Patricia said.
The couple has been heavily involved in the school community, with five children spread over 12 years.
Family and friends came together for a morning tea at the local bowls club last Saturday to celebrate the milestone.
"It was such a wet weekend, especially for the travellers, but fabulous rain made it a double celebration, and everyone agreed it was a party to remember," Mrs Creegan said.