A di­a­mond mar­riage born in Gayndah

Bill and Dawn Lord celebrate 60 years

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE OVER 50 - Felic­ity Rip­per Felic­ity.Rip­per@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

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