A life­time of mem­o­ries

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FAM­ILY: Ge­orge and Thelma are cel­e­brat­ing their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary

Ge­orge and Thelma on their wed­ding day

TO W N S V I L L E c o u p l e G e o r g e a n d T h e l m a Mor­gan were young and wild when they met at a dance more than 60 years ago and t his month, t hey waltzed through their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary.

A lot has hap­pened since that first dance, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, five grand­chil­dren and four great grand­chil­dren, but there is a twin­kle in Ge­orge’s eye when he looks at his beloved wife.

Life was not easy in those early post WWII days of 1949, f o r t h e 2 0 - y e a r - o l d air­crafts­man who was train- ing in Wagga where he met 19-year-old Thelma at the Half Hol­i­day dance club.

He was trans­ferred with 3 Sqn to Can­berra but would hitch­hike 265km each week­end to dance with his sweet­heart.

‘‘ She was hot – she had lovely hair and a smile and she flirted with me,’’ Mr Mor­gan said.

‘‘ We would go to the dance Satur­day night and I would hitch­hike back on Sun­day.’’

Thelma said Ge­orge had been pop­u­lar with the girls as he was a good dancer and quite the looker.

‘‘ I had to win him for a dance to get him alone, I used to see him hang­ing on the wall at the dance and I said I was go­ing to dance with him,’’ she said.

‘‘ He was such a beau­ti­ful dancer.’’

The cou­ple said they were still very much in love and both still en­joyed a good sense of hu­mour.

‘‘ We were just in love and that has kept us to­gether,’’ Ge­orge said.

‘‘ A fair bit of for­give­ness is thrown in there and we also h a v e o u r f a i t h , w e a r e Chris­tians which helps us.

‘‘ We had a lack of fi­nance and dif­fi­culty get­ting ac­com- mo­da­tion back then but we just stuck to­gether.

‘‘ I re­mem­ber knock­ing on doors to find a room where they would take both of us, when we first got mar­ried in 1951 in Syd­ney.’’

The cou­ple trans­ferred to Townsville with the RAAF in 1956 and moved to mar­ried ac­com­mo­da­tion, half of a WWII hut on base, where they lived with their first child Kaylene.

‘‘ When we first came to Townsville it was near the end of WWII and there was a pop­u­la­tion of 42,000,’’ Ge­orge.

‘‘ There were no su­per­mar- kets, no air­con­di­tion­ing and WWII relics were still ly­ing around ev­ery­where.

‘‘ I would get a call from a friend say­ing ‘ there’s a house be­ing built in North Ward let’s go have a look’, it was quite a nov­elty, now whole sub­urbs are built and no-one takes any no­tice.’’

The cou­ple, who also have a son John aged 50, who is a pas­tor for a church in Chicago, cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary with f r i e n d s a t t h e i r Ca l v a r y c h u r c h s o c i a l g r o u p f o r se­niors, named t he Ev­er­greens.

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