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.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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