For Tom and Thelma it all started so long ago

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS @SCHOOL -

MEET­ING by chance on the street in Goodwood, in Ade­laide, Tom Knight walked more than 4km to de­liver his fu­ture wife all the way to her doorstep.

Tom, now 95, and Thelma, 94, who were both out with mates at the time, struck up a con­ver­sa­tion that lasted all the way to Thelma’s home in Colonel Light Gar­dens.

Thelma and her friend Eve­lyn had tried to visit some friends, but they weren’t home.

“A cou­ple of boys talked to us and said, ‘where are you go­ing?’,” Thelma says.

“Eve­lyn and the other boy didn’t last but Tom and I did. “I thought he was lovely.” The pair dated for about four years, mar­ry­ing at Colonel Light Gar­dens Methodist Church on Valen­tines Day, 1942.

Last year they cel­e­brate their 75th wed­ding an­niver­sary at Ver­mont Es­tate re­tire­ment vil­lage in South Plymp­ton.

She says her favourite Valen­tine’s Day was about 12 years ago, when the cou­ple spent about a fort­night in Queens­land to cel­e­brate their an­niver­sary.

“We had a nice lit­tle place that we were stay­ing in and we met some lovely peo­ple,” she says. “We were just feel­ing thank­ful that we were still to­gether and well enough to en­joy a hol­i­day.

“We had a car­a­van then and we used to go to dif­fer­ent places and en­joy our­selves.”

Their wed­ding was a mod­est af­fair be­cause Tom had been granted four days’ leave be­fore be­ing de­ployed to Pa­pua New Guinea dur­ing World War II.

He said good­bye to the love of his life be­fore leav­ing with the 48th Bat­tal­ion 13th Field Reg­i­ment.

“I felt dread­ful – I thought, ‘well, I’ll prob­a­bly never see her again’,” he says.

Tom says the recipe for a long-last­ing mar­riage is fairly sim­ple: “First of all you have to love each other”.

“You have to ac­cept you have dif­fer­ences with­out get­ting up­set about it.”

Tom and Thelma Knight

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