News

Secret revealed after 60 years

Nev and Shirley Austen of South Grafton - married for 60 years on May 3.
Nev and Shirley Austen of South Grafton - married for 60 years on May 3. Adam Hourigan

WHEN Nev and Shirley Austen were 18 and 20 years of age, they hired a boat with a group of friends and went to Moleville Rocks.

Shirley remembers all the women were to cook something.

"I couldn't cook so I brought scones," she said.

"But they were so hard the boys threw them up in the air and shot them."

Sitting on the veranda of their South Grafton home yesterday as they prepare to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, they looked out over the same river on which Nev fell for Shirley in 1952.

"I knew she was the right partner for me," Nev said, admitting he had some work to do before Shirley agreed to marry him.

The pair will mark their anniversary at the weekend and Nev said he thinks the secret of their success is they've always "remained as one".

They worked with logging trucks and Nev managed a mine near Glen Innes while Shirley worked in a clothing factory and at the telephone exchange.

With two daughters, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, this weekend's celebration is set to be a big one.

Topics:  marriage, wedding anniversary




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

How Warwick's hospital could be stripped of $63m

Deuchar resident Trevor Ives is heading up a GetUp petition against Federal Government cuts of as much as $62.8 million to funding at Warwick Hospital.

Fight to stop funding cuts that could cost 32 doctors or 66 nurses

Agro’s back in Warwick for adults-only show

AGRO'S BACK: Australian TV icon Agro and his mate Jamie Dunn will be in Warwick for their Agro Up Late show on Saturday night.

Agro Up Late coming to Warwick RSL

Hats off to Australia’s young and hungry readers

HATS GALORE: Luca Mckenzie holds the book I Got This Hat, which he and his prep class read together for Simultaneous Storytime.

Children across Australia read as part of Simultaneous Storytime.

Latest deals and offers


She’ll be apples in Stanthorpe as festival kicks off

Jonathan Apple, festival president John Thouard, former Young Ambassadors Miriam Spina and Taylah Wantling and Isabella Grape welcomed the start of the 2016 Festival.

It’s a great start for the 10 days of festival ahead'

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago