O’Briens celebrate together
Their wedding day is not the only significant milestone Pat and Terry O’Brien have shared in their lifetime.
With their birthdays just 19 days apart, they have shared their birthdays each year for the 64 years since they met.
In the next few weeks, it will include marking their 90th birthdays together — Mr O’Brien on November 1 and Mrs O’Brien on November 20.
This year also marked the couple’s 63rd wedding anniversary.
The couple say they have enjoyed living in the ‘‘peaceful country setting’’ they call home in Deniliquin.
Mrs O’Brien was born and bred in Deniliquin, and Mr O’Brien was introduced to her hometown when at the age of 19 the plasterer from Melbourne found work in Deni.
‘‘We had our children here, so my grand children are the fourth generation all born in Deniliquin; so I’ve got deep roots here,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.
‘‘I had a lovely up bringing. Mum and dad had ‘Selbourne’ which is about five kilometres out of Deni. We would supply milk into town and also made butter.
‘‘To get to school we had to ride our bikes, horse, or use the old bomb (car), but we didn’t trust that too much you know?
‘‘It’s all different now but it was easy and lovely when we were growing up. We had hardly any money growing up but that’s just how everyone lived.
‘‘I can remember going to one of the Deni shows and one of our dear old friends gave us two shillings each and we thought we were rich. That gave us enough money to have a go on the merry-go-round and some lollies, I’ll never forget it but that just shows how happy we were.’’
Mr O’Brien had been living in Deniliquin for a few years before he met his future wife, when they were 24.
He was helping on the farm after Mrs O’Brien’s father took ill, going out to the farm to chop wood, milk cows and help with any labouring work they needed.
‘‘He came out to the farm but I’d seen him before driving around in this old car, and I just thought ‘gee he’s not a bad sort’. Then we happened to just meet and that was it,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.
‘‘How we met was just marvellous because Terry helped us with so much and with dad being sick there was only my sister, myself and my mum. He was just an angel sent from heaven really.
‘‘I also had a brother but he was away working in Melbourne.’’
Mrs O’Brien said there’s is no real secret to living a happy life, saying ‘‘you just get on’’.
‘‘We are very suited to each other and I think that’s played a key role in our living. We’ve always been very happy,’’ she said.
‘‘We just look after ourselves and have just been very content. I have been very blessed in my life.’’
The couple raised seven children — Helen, Stephen, Michael (dec), Kevin, Tony, Colleen and Susie.
The O’Briens plan to spend their pending 90th birthday with their family, who they say are the people they care about most.
While they are edging ever closer to a ‘century’, you would not pick it from the vibrancy the O’Brien’s have.
‘‘We’re both Scorpios; two Scorpios living together under one roof is pretty fiery at times, but I think we are very lucky and I’m sure it’s because we have always been busy and eat well,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.
‘‘We’ve always had an active life and I think that’s one of the main things that has kept us fit,’’ she continued.
‘‘We’ve slowed up a bit but it beats the alternative — dying young,’’ Mr O’Brien added with a laugh.
The O’Briens on their wedding day in 1955.