O’Briens cel­e­brate to­gether

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT - By ABBEY FLANA­GAN

Their wed­ding day is not the only sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone Pat and Terry O’Brien have shared in their life­time.

With their birth­days just 19 days apart, they have shared their birth­days each year for the 64 years since they met.

In the next few weeks, it will in­clude mark­ing their 90th birth­days to­gether — Mr O’Brien on Novem­ber 1 and Mrs O’Brien on Novem­ber 20.

This year also marked the cou­ple’s 63rd wed­ding an­niver­sary.

The cou­ple say they have en­joyed liv­ing in the ‘‘peace­ful coun­try set­ting’’ they call home in De­niliquin.

Mrs O’Brien was born and bred in De­niliquin, and Mr O’Brien was in­tro­duced to her home­town when at the age of 19 the plas­terer from Mel­bourne found work in Deni.

‘‘We had our chil­dren here, so my grand chil­dren are the fourth gen­er­a­tion all born in De­niliquin; so I’ve got deep roots here,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.

‘‘I had a lovely up bring­ing. Mum and dad had ‘Sel­bourne’ which is about five kilo­me­tres out of Deni. We would sup­ply milk into town and also made but­ter.

‘‘To get to school we had to ride our bikes, horse, or use the old bomb (car), but we didn’t trust that too much you know?

‘‘It’s all dif­fer­ent now but it was easy and lovely when we were grow­ing up. We had hardly any money grow­ing up but that’s just how ev­ery­one lived.

‘‘I can re­mem­ber go­ing to one of the Deni shows and one of our dear old friends gave us two shillings each and we thought we were rich. That gave us enough money to have a go on the merry-go-round and some lol­lies, I’ll never for­get it but that just shows how happy we were.’’

Mr O’Brien had been liv­ing in De­niliquin for a few years be­fore he met his fu­ture wife, when they were 24.

He was help­ing on the farm af­ter Mrs O’Brien’s fa­ther took ill, go­ing out to the farm to chop wood, milk cows and help with any labour­ing work they needed.

‘‘He came out to the farm but I’d seen him be­fore driv­ing around in this old car, and I just thought ‘gee he’s not a bad sort’. Then we hap­pened to just meet and that was it,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.

‘‘How we met was just marvel­lous be­cause Terry helped us with so much and with dad be­ing sick there was only my sis­ter, my­self and my mum. He was just an an­gel sent from heaven re­ally.

‘‘I also had a brother but he was away work­ing in Mel­bourne.’’

Mrs O’Brien said there’s is no real se­cret to liv­ing a happy life, say­ing ‘‘you just get on’’.

‘‘We are very suited to each other and I think that’s played a key role in our liv­ing. We’ve al­ways been very happy,’’ she said.

‘‘We just look af­ter our­selves and have just been very con­tent. I have been very blessed in my life.’’

The cou­ple raised seven chil­dren — He­len, Stephen, Michael (dec), Kevin, Tony, Colleen and Susie.

The O’Briens plan to spend their pend­ing 90th birth­day with their fam­ily, who they say are the peo­ple they care about most.

While they are edg­ing ever closer to a ‘cen­tury’, you would not pick it from the vi­brancy the O’Brien’s have.

‘‘We’re both Scor­pios; two Scor­pios liv­ing to­gether un­der one roof is pretty fiery at times, but I think we are very lucky and I’m sure it’s be­cause we have al­ways been busy and eat well,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.

‘‘We’ve al­ways had an ac­tive life and I think that’s one of the main things that has kept us fit,’’ she con­tin­ued.

‘‘We’ve slowed up a bit but it beats the al­ter­na­tive — dy­ing young,’’ Mr O’Brien added with a laugh.

The O’Briens on their wed­ding day in 1955.

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