Frank and Mary Dullard celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week.MONIQUE PRESTON November 13, 2012 4:11am
Sixty years after getting married, the love Mary and Frank Dullard have for each other is still evident.
The Lockington couple celebrated their wedding anniversary on Thursday.
Mrs Dullard (nee Slattery) met her husband when she went to visit a friend from boarding school for the weekend in 1948.
The friend was Mr Dullard’s sister — who married Mrs Dullard’s brother later.
When asked her first impressions of her husband-to-be, Mrs Dullard said she thought he was ‘‘a nice guy’’.
‘‘He wasn’t tall, but he was good looking,’’ she said.
‘‘He had black hair and blue eyes. What else could you ask for?’’
Mr Dullard said he thought his wife-to-be was ‘‘a bit of all right’’.
Two years later, the pair was engaged.
On November 8, 1952, Frank and Mary married at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rochester.
The wedding had been planned for six month’s earlier, but Mr Dullard’s mother’s house burnt down around that time and she and one son and one daughter had to move into the house that was going to be the newlyweds’ home while her own was rebuilt.
When the wedding did go ahead in the November, it was only a small one, with Mrs Dullard’s father coming out of hospital for the day to attend his daughter’s big day.
There was also a train strike that day, with Mrs Dullard’s brother and Mr Dullard’s sister having to drive them to Bendigo so they could catch a bus to head off on their honeymoon.
The Dullards lived on a farm at Pine Grove East for about 40 years, before retiring in to Lockington where they have lived ever since.
Their nine children — Gerald (dec), Catherine (Fraser), Bernard (dec), Margaret, James, Kieran, Leo, Paul and Frank — were brought up in Pine Grove East.
The couple also has 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Their life together has not been without its ups and downs, with the couple losing two of their children when they were young. Bernard died of cancer when he was aged 3, while Gerald was killed in a railway crossing accident in 1973.
Mrs Dullard said she believed the secret to their long marriage was that they ‘‘got along well’’.
‘‘Frank’s seriousness and my jovialness make a good combination,’’ she said.
‘‘We just seem to gel,’’ Mr Dullard said.
Coming off a farm herself, Mr Dullard said his wife was ‘‘well tuned to be a farmer’s wife’’.
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