A diamond marriage born in Gayndah
Bill and Dawn Lord celebrate 60 years
IN THE late 1950s, Bill Lord and Dawn Lord (nee Meyer) met at a tennis tournament in Gayndah.
The athletic duo fell in love, were engaged six months later and married at Gayndah’s St Matthew’s Church of England in 1958.
Today they will celebrate 60 years of marriage.
The secret to their long, happy marriage?
Both agree on plenty of patience, loyalty, a sense of humour and the ability to forgive.
Mr and Mrs Lord now reside in Toowoomba but still hold dear memories from the region in which they met, and their deep ties with the North Burnett.
Mrs Lord is one of four daughters born to Grace and Phil Meyer.
During an elaborate ceremony in 1954, she was crowned Queen for the Gayndah War Memorial fundraising event.
Holding the position of secretary of the Gayndah and District Tennis Association for many years, she received the first life membership.
Mrs Lord was also an active member of the Gayndah Junior Farmers’ Club and received the Vincent Baker Character and Service Award.
Mr Lord has a twin sister, Ann (deceased), and one older, Sally Ogg.
He was born to Gwen and Stan Lord, of Biggenden.
As a child, Mr Lord suffered from polio and meningitis, spending months at a time in hospital.
He overcame the illnesses and went on to be a champion cricket and tennis player, representing the Queensland Country cricket team to play in Brisbane and touring western Queensland in 1950 as a member of Roger Hartigan’s Australian Test international cricket team.
Before their marriage Mrs Lord was working as a secretary at the Department of Primary Industries at Gayndah but, as married women weren’t allowed to hold government positions, she resigned.
The couple then worked on a citrus orchard until they had three children – Leslie, Leanne and Rodney.
They now have two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr and Mrs Lord have received congratulatory letters from the Queen, Prime Minister of Australia, Governor-General of Australia, Premier of Queensland, Governor of Queensland, the Federal Member for Groom, the State Member for Toowoomba South and the Mayor of Toowoomba.
Bill Lord and Dawn Lord on their wedding day on April 12, 1958.
Dawn Lord (nee Meyer) being crowned Queen of the War Memorial Fundraising Event in Gayndah in 1954.
LOVE MATCH: Dawn (nee Meyer) and Bill Lord celebrate 60 years of marriage.