Secret to sixty years together
TO CELEBRATE 60 long and happy years of marriage, George and Dawn Blaine chose an intimate family lunch at stunning Wivenhoe Dam.
“It was a beautiful day and I gave Dawn a diamond ring,” George said.
“It’s a good ring, it cost me a pretty penny, I’m broke now but she loved it.
“Our daughter Jacqui gave us a lovely engraved glass vase too, it was lovely to have them all with us, and my good mate Errol too.”
Reflecting on six decades of married life over a cup of tea at the dining table in their Lowood home, George and Dawn say the secret to a long and happy marriage is hard work.
“It’s rough,” George said. “Family has kept us together.
“The most memorable part was having children; we had four children, two boys and two girls.”
George and Dawn were married at Church of England at North Ipswich on April 20, 1957, when they were both 20.
Now 80, they can remember the night they met. It was at the dances at North Ipswich when they were 17.
George said it was Dawn who asked him to dance.
“We met at the dances; we used to go to all the dances. It was old time dance, ballroom,” he said.
Dawn said they became engaged at the Wintergarden and George “had to go and see Mum and Dad to ask for permission”.
The Ipswich residents moved to Lowood in 1978 in pursuit of a quiet lifestyle.
George worked as a painter throughout south-east Queensland and made the most of the toils of Expo 88.
He also had a strong history in local footy, having coached Norths in 1966 and A-grade in 1977 before finishing his career as an international referee, including “the Pommies vs Toowoomba” and the Country Championships finals.
“I was a painter all my life. I started off in the railway as an apprentice and then I went out on my own. During Expo, I had 65 men employed. I put 32 apprentices through their apprenticeship and with no government assistance. I did it all myself,” he said.
Dawn worked at the North Ipswich Woollen Mills and Simon’s Suit Factory.
“I worked at Simon’s Suit Factory, that’s how I started out. I had to do the sweeping out and the cleaning and all the teas and go and buy their lunch and dinner,” Dawn said.
“I got in the button machine. I had to cut all the thread off.
“I worked at the Woollen Mills at North Ipswich and I was a weaver.”
We met at the dances, it was old time dance, ballroom.
— George Blaine
MILESTONE: George and Dawn Blaine of Lowood recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.