A mis-throw caused the first meeting of eventual husband and wife Frank and Joan Harder.February 25, 2013 4:55am
A mis-throw caused the first meeting of eventual husband and wife Frank and Joan Harder.
Frank was a doctor and Joan was a nurse at Prince Henry’s Hospital in suburban Melbourne.
‘‘I threw a wet towel through the door in the ward kitchen, thinking my friend was walking past,’’ Joan said.
‘‘It hit him (Frank), and boy was I frightened. I didn’t know him and had never spoken to him before.
‘‘He found a wife out of it.’’
Frank, 86, and Joan, 83, married at St Andrew’s Church 60 years ago today.
Their three children — Graeme, Jude and Leigh — and five grandchildren yesterday celebrated their anniversary at Mercy Place in Shepparton.
‘‘It’s the first time everyone has been together,’’ Joan said.
‘‘Having grandchildren does mean a lot. They’re all so beautiful.’’
The Harders left Melbourne for Shepparton when Frank and Arthur Dickmann opened a general practice on the corner of Knight St and Maude St in 1952.
Frank retired aged 76.
‘‘I used to know everyone’s medical history in Shepparton,’’ he said.
Frank earned an Order of Australia medal for his extensive medical and volunteer work.
He was a Shepparton Apex member and gave lectures for St John’s Ambulance paramedics.
He was also a former chairman of the Promotion of Adults Continuing Education, a now defunct foundation for which Joan helped co-ordinate courses.
The Harder Auditorium at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton is named after Frank.
Recreationally, Frank and Joan were regular visitors to the South Australian opal mining town of Andamooka.
Frank also won best single rose at the Royal Melbourne Show after 30 years of trying.
A wet towel ensured Frank did not have to wait that long to find the perfect wife.
‘‘She’s loveable,’’ he said of Joan.
Joan said tolerance was the key to lasting 60 years of marriage.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Anyone yet to experience the sport of croquet is welcome to come along to the Rich River club lawns on Sunday to try it out.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Penalty goal spells heartbreak.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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