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.’’
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