CONGRATULATIONS: Ron and Nora Fluerty celebrated their 60th diamond wedding anniversary on April 2.
CONGRATULATIONS: Ron and Nora Fluerty celebrated their 60th diamond wedding anniversary on April 2. Boni Holmes

Love defeated disasters through 60 years of marriage

RON and Nora Fluerty have weathered many storms during their 60 years of marriage and are going to keep on enjoying it.

Nora remembers having to be dragged to the Byrnestown Church by a big truck on April 2, 1956.

"Because of the two floods - one in the Mary in '55 and the big one in Burnett in '56," Ron said.

"I parked my car out near the railway station in Maryborough under one of the trees and me and the bridesmaid went up on a Friday evening on the rail motor that ran from Maryborough to Monto three times a week.

"The following morning unbeknown to me, my mother and father came up on a goods train and that's all I had of family at the wedding - no one could get there due to the flood.

"Nora got snug in a bog in their car - so it was a very small wedding."

Ron and Nora met 18-months prior to their marriage while playing tennis at Benyenda.

"I met Nora out on a tennis court at Benyenda - which was a citrus orchard I was working there for about 12 months," Ron said.

"Benyenda was on the bank of the Burnett River out of Byrnestown near Gayndah."

"I went down that way to look after my sister - her husband worked at Benyenda - she was very sick at the time and couldn't do anything, so I was down there for about six weeks looking after her, helping with the kids," Nora said.

"We were just rouse-abouts them days, we went wherever we had to go.

"I also played tennis and cricket in those days."

Other holidays and memorable moments also were storm enhanced.

They both remembered a camping trip with their children to the Victorian gemfields.

The family were in Glenelva when it started to rain and before long heard news of a monsoon coming, so they packed up the tent.

"By this time things are getting pretty wet," Ron said.

"The road wasn't too bad in some areas but we found a soft patch and then we weren't going anywhere.

"Nora and four of the children were behind the trailer pushing and they were covered in mud spots.

"We get up to where the bitumen was and there were cars waiting to go through and they asked how the road was.

"Nora said if you have a wife and five kids you can make it through and they quickly turned around - I reckon that was a classic."

"We had some wonderful times - we've just about been all over Queensland bar the cape," Nora said.

"All the kids seem to enjoy it."

"I have been interested in gems for about 45 years and we have been around a lot on our trips chasing gemstones," Ron said.

The secret to their marriage they both laughed - was plenty of arguments.

"I don't really know what the secret is but we have lived to a good age, Nora is 82 and I'm coming up 85."

Nora continues to play indoor bowls, and attend concerts occasionally with Ron who is an instructor at the Gem and Mineral Club, plays badminton, rifle shooting and tends to bee hives.

The Maryborough couple celebrated their diamond anniversary on April 2 at the Maryborough RSL with family and friends.

They have five children, 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

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