Six decades of love

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Kate Dar­vall Kate.dar­vall@ south­bur­nett­

DON and Kay Hann spent their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary just like any other day, pick­ing man­darins in Gayn­dah.

Now 82 and 78, Don and Kay have de­voted the ma­jor­ity of their lives trav­el­ling Australia pick­ing fruit to­gether.

“We hap­pened upon it quite by ac­ci­dent,” Kay said.

“We were flooded out, ev­ery­thing was wrong and we were thor­oughly fed up with the way things were go­ing.

“So I said ‘I’m sell­ing the house, ei­ther you come with me or I’m leav­ing you in it’ and it was sold by the fol­low­ing Sun­day.”

Kay said their life­style change hap­pened in a flash, but it “just felt right”.

“A chap asked us if we’d help with his apri­cots, and it all went from there,” Kay said.

Don said their life­style choice sur­vived thanks to “good peo­ple”.

“We’ve met a lot of peo­ple and a lot of nice peo­ple ev­ery­where we’ve gone,” he said.

“A lot of our friends are now our ex-bosses from around the place.”

Don also said their en­thu­si­asm for fruit pick­ing never de­cayed.

“We started in Mil­dura 42 years ago then branched out to sug­ar­cane in Mackay, ap­ples in Tassie, ap­ples in Stan­thorpe and pota­toes in Robert­son,” Don said.

“Any­thing we can eat ba­si­cally.

“The onions aren’t so good.”

Don said the se­cret to their 60 years to­gether was good food.

“Regular good food,” he said.

“We eat a lot of veggies and get a lot of fresh fruit.

“And Kay’s an ex­cel­lent cook.”

In their six decades , Don said a day did not pass with­out Kay by his side.

“We’re just happy work­ing and be­ing to­gether,” he said.

The cou­ple will fin­ish up the man­darin sea­son at Gayn­dah, be­fore mov­ing onto their next des­ti­na­tion later this year.

Wher­ever it will be, Don said he would be con­tent as long as “we are work­ing to­gether”.


TRUE LOVE: He might spend most of his time pick­ing fruit, but Don Hann still finds time to pick a flower for his wife Kay af­ter 60 years of mar­riage.

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