A lifetime of memories
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.