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60-year union

Monday, 24th September, 2018

Pat and Colin Harvey are still all smiles after 60 years. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Pat and Colin Harvey are still all smiles after 60 years. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Pat and Colin Harvey will celebrate sixty years since they became husband and wife this Thursday.

The happy couple met at the Palais Square Dance in Crystal Street, and two-and-a half years later they were engaged. They were married 18 months after the proposal, on Saturday, September 27, 1958, at the All Saints Church in Piper Street by Father Cavanagh.

The night of their wedding was the first night they spent in their Wilson Street home, which they had built before they were married, and they have lived there to this day.

The pair has raised two daughters, Donna and Jillian. They are proud grandparents to Jessica, Jordan, Mitchell and Rhianon. They also have two great grandchildren whom they adore, Grace and Evie.

Both Pat and Colin agree that giving and taking, sharing and caring is the secret to a successful and long-lasting marriage. 

Pat’s favourite thing about Colin is that he has always been there for her. Colin’s favourite thing about Pat is her company in general, she’s always there for him.

“We’ve got on well together,” said Pat. “In life you make do, it’s all about living day by day.”

Over the years, the couple feel they have been “quite lucky” they’ve shared holidays to Fiji, Kangaroo Island and boat cruises.

They have another one booked in the calendar for early next year which they are extremely excited about, a trip to Tasmania. 

They’ve also had a few new cars, including a brand new one that Colin saved up for with the money he would’ve spent on cigarettes after he quit six years ago. The money would’ve quite literally gone up in smoke.

“I bought the car by cash money ... in thousand-dollar bundles,” said Colin. 

The couple were delighted to receive letters of congratulations for their Diamond Anniversary from the Queen, as well as five others from people such as the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries. 

Pat is making an anniversary cake for them, just so she can say she had one. 

Pat and Colin’s daughter Donna will be in town for their anniversary.

“She’s our eldest, the one that always comes home,” said Pat.

To celebrate their 60-year union, they are hosting an open house on Thursday afternoon for friends and family, beginning at 2pm at their home, 315 Wilson Street.

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