Nothing blue about 65 years
Today, Neil and Laura Campbell of Barooga are celebrating 65 wonderful years together, with Neil now 88 and Laura turning 86 in November.
Mrs Campbell has fond memories of her wedding day all those years ago when she became a happy spring bride.
‘‘We were both born in Bacchus Marsh, but we lived in Werribee,’’ Mrs Campbell said.
‘‘My parents had an orchard at Werribee — and vegies as well,’’ she said.
‘‘Neil came across at high school and we met there. And then he was my deb partner — and just quietly, it went from there.
‘‘He was a gentleman, he was great. After we got married we went to live in Bacchus Marsh.’’
From there, the couple moved to Merrigum about 10 years later and then to Yarroweyah, before retiring to Barooga about 40 years ago.
‘‘Our older son, Raymon, was born on St Patrick’s Day, and our daughter, Linda was born 14 months later,’’ Mrs Campbell said.
‘‘I just didn’t want the ‘d’ on it,’’ she said, referring to the unusual spelling of her son’s name.
‘‘We have got five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They are lovely — one great-grandchild lives here and the rest are in Kingaroy and Ballarat,’’ she said.
After a lifetime of dairy farming the couple moved from milking to cars, taking on the wrecking yard at Barooga.
Did a 20-year-old bride expect to lead such a full and varied life? ‘‘No, I didn’t,’’ Mrs Campbell said. ‘‘You never think of what’s going to happen in the future — you just take it day by day.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of highlights — apart from marrying Neil and the children, we did more than 35 years of caravanning.
‘‘In 1980 we started caravanning and just finished last year.
‘‘We used to go away for three and four months at a time — after we left the cows, of course. We loved it.’’
The Campbells’ favourite places to visit on their amazing caravan odyssey included the gem fields, Mission Beach and Mt Beauty — and they still have lots of friends around Australia.
‘‘We really loved Alice Springs. We used to go there quite often,’’ Mrs Campbell said.
Mr Campbell and both the children were involved in speedway over the years, racing around Victoria.
‘‘We love being in this area — we like Barooga and Cobram, it’s great,’’ Mrs Campbell said.
And is the happy couple on the same wavelength after so many years together?
‘‘We do think alike — we don’t argue,’’ Mr Campbell said.