Pair celebrates golden innings
LOOKING back at the half century since they were married at St Monica’s Cathedral on November 30, 1968, George and Cheryl Campbell say the one constant that has bound them together is family.
“At the end of the day, life is about family,” Cheryl says. “Celebrating 50 years together is truly amazing, although you don’t really think about it.
“We’ve always just been really great mates and family has always been the most important thing in life to us”.
The pair met on a night out in Cairns in 1966. George was a travelling salesman and Cheryl a sales assistant at David Jones. She can still remember every detail — even what she was wearing.
“We met after a day at the races at Cannon Park. I was with girlfriends from work and George was also with friends.
“I had on my white crepe pencil skirt and gold top. I looked across the room and I thought, I’m going to end up with that guy over there.”
A little over two years later they walked down the aisle.
In 1972, George was promoted to a managerial role, which meant less travelling — a relief for Cheryl, juggling work and their three children, Paul, Felicity and Glenn.
By 1975, they were in their own business after buying the Caltex Chequered Flag Service Station on the Bruce Highway at Gordonvale, living out the back for the first three years.
“Many people ask me how we made it work, but we never thought about it,” Cheryl says.
“We always worked really well together and supported each other.”
In 1978 they converted the workshop into a takeaway and groceries, gaining a reputation for their fish and chips.
“We had a fabulous time at the servo. Many parties, many great memories.”
They became a part of the fabric of Gordonvale. Cheryl organised the Gordonvale Pyramid Race, debutante balls and fashion parades for the Catholic Women’s League and supported Red Cross, Gordonvale Hospital and other charities.
In 1995, her work was recognised when she became the last recipient of the Mulgrave Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year and in 2014 she received an OAM for her services to the Gordonvale community.
Both George and Cheryl have been heavily involved in the fishing industry, competing internationally in game fishing tournaments and fishing recreationally at home.
After retiring in 2005 and selling the Chequered Flag to eldest son Paul, they now indulge their passion for travel, caravan adventures and their greatest love — family.