Warwick pair marks 50 golden years
IT MAY have taken 12 months for Margaret Snip to say yes to going out with now husband Dirk but, after 50 years of marriage, the Warwick couple are as happy as the day they met.
Both were born in Holland, in different towns, but their families migrated separately and settled in Brisbane when the pair were pre-teens.
They first crossed paths when Margaret’s brother brought 20-year-old Dirk to the family home.
“He was the left back and I was the goal keeper for Excelsior Soccer Club,” Dirk said.
“They both had girlfriends at the time,” said Margaret, who would have been 16 or 17 at the time, scolding her husband.
Dirk said he went outside to smoke with Margaret’s brother and asked who she was, before being warned off his sibling.
“I went home by myself and I thought, I could chase that sheila,” Dirk said.
“I broke up with the girlfriend.”
Margaret, who was then working at retail store Edwards and Lamb, said she simply wasn’t interested in Dirk, who was an apprentice butcher in Toowong.
“I was doing my own thing at the time at work but I always saw him when we went to the soccer,” she said.
Dirk went on a trip to the coast with Margaret’s brother "to chase sheilas".
“But I wasn’t chasing, I was thinking about her,” he said.
Margaret finally gave in after about 12 months.
“In the end, I couldn’t resist,” she said.
“Well, look at him,” she said, holding her wedding photo. “He was blonde, good looking, surfie.”
They courted for a couple of years before getting married at St Paul’s in Fortitude Valley.
“We lived with Margaret’s parents for around six months then got our own place in Brisbane where we lived for about 40 years,” Dirk said.
The couple had two girls, Marian and Nadine, and now have four grandchildren.
They moved to Warwick eight years ago after a tussle between the two girls to have them nearby.
With one daughter in Woodenbong and the other in Oakey, it was a fight to see where they’d move.
“The house in Brisbane sold in two weeks and we almost bought a place in Oakey but our eldest daughter went crook at the youngest, saying it wasn’t fair to drive so many hours,” Dirk said.
“We knew we needed some-where with a hospital with the care we’d had in Brisbane, but it was the swimming pool that sold me,” Margaret added.
“I do aqua aerobics twice a week.”
The couple will celebrate 50 years of marriage on August 19 and say the key to a good marriage is “give and take, even in ups and downs”.