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Kyabram couple living at 42 for 42

Jan and David Amery have lived at 42 Tulloh St in the heart of Kyabram for the past 42 years.

June 18, 2014 3:50am

Jan and David have lived at 42 Tulloh St in the heart of Kyabram for the past 42 years.

The term ‘‘42 at 42’’ sounds like a sitcom, but for David and Jan Amery, it is simply their life in Kyabram.

The local couple has lived at the same house on 42 Tulloh St for the past 42 years and have no plans on moving anytime soon.

Born in Tongala and raised on a dairy farm, David has lived in the Kyabram district his entire life except for during training with Telstra.

While boarding in Melbourne with family friends, David would meet and court Jan.

After four years the couple decided to move to Kyabram, with David securing a job at the telephone exchange for Telstra and Jan finding work with the Commercial Bank of Australia (Westpac).

After getting married in February 1972, the young family was stuck with the task of finding a home during a difficult period of the year.

‘‘We actually got married at the height of the fruit-picking season,’’ David said.

‘‘It didn’t even occur to me at the time how hard that would make it for us to find a place to live. We were lucky, though, because my sister who worked at Coles knew the man who was renting 42 Tulloh St, which was owned by my uncle.’’

David said a well-timed phone call and family connections helped secure the property.

‘‘The guy who was renting the house was getting a transfer, so I called my uncle who was the postmaster and he said if I wanted the house, I could buy it,’’ he said.

‘‘I said I couldn’t afford it, but he said he would lend me the money and we ended up getting the house for only $12000.’’

David and Jan would go on to raise their three children — Ben, Katrina and Trent — in the house and have done numerous renovations.

The couple said the house changed as the town changed, but that Kyabram still had plenty going for it.

Jan said the town was the perfect place to have a family.

‘‘I have always loved it here,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a good town to bring the children up in and they could find everything they wanted to do locally, especially sport. Generally, I think we are blessed to live in Kyabram.’’

David said Kyabram had a lot of community spirit that meant those in need could always find help.

‘‘Kyabram has a lot going for it, with people and the church groups and organisations always helping out,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s needed and I think there are a lot in the community who are willing to do it. Even for retired people there is plenty to get involved in and if you want to be doing something useful for the town, there is always something you can be doing.’’

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