Ralph and Lois Provan celebrate 60 years of amrriage.CHALPAT SONTI June 27, 2014 3:46am
A well-known local couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday.
Ralph and Lois Provan, of Whiteheads Creek, were married on June 19, 1954 at the Church of England at Ivanhoe.
This year has been a double celebration for Mr Provan, a frequent letter writer to the Telegraph especially on national and international finance matters, who celebrated his 80th birthday in May and is recovering from a knee operation.
He still keeps a close eye on the doings of the big banks and his son Rodney — the couple has three daughters as well — pointed out at the birthday celebration ‘‘he read and reads prolifically and talked of farming and irrigation, passive solar technology and eco-type housing before it was trendy. He read of dirty politics and clean as well, he attended lectures on politics and finance and social credit and supported independent parties before the Democrats and Greens were both invented and hijacked by the mainstream’’.
‘‘That Australia and the world has and is witnessing now much of what my dad preached about for so very long brings him no satisfaction, for he only wants these problems solved and the power to determine our collective futures returned to us, the people.
‘‘My mother has not only stood by Dad through this journey but has engaged in her own advocacy of what she sees as wrongs needing a light to be shone upon.
‘‘It was my father’s refusal to accept standard mainstream answers and excuses which has inspired my mother and given her the courage from example to boldly challenge the issues important to her.
‘‘Equally still, my mother continues to inspire my father to continue to fight for what he believes is right, even if that comes at a price. I am immensely proud of the mutual support within my parents’ relationship, for it is the key to their success I believe.’’
The future is bright for Shepparton boxer Dwight Ritchie, who is the new Australian National Boxing Federation middleweight champion.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The head of the Building Designers Association of Victoria has big plans for the association.
Rochester United proved too strong for Rochester Tigers in the Goulburn Murray Cricket derby on the weekend.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
Berrigan Shire was this week approved for a low interest loan from the state government to undertake flood mitigation works.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
As weather warms, so does car theft; Cobram police urge drivers to lock parked vehicles.
Deniliquin’s Luke Moodie has raised more than $20,000 as part of his skateboard trip from Deniliquin to Melbourne, and has been named the top individual fundraiser for the Monash Children’s Hospital.
Australian farmers are twice as likely to take their own lives as the general population, and university researchers want to know why.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.