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60-year union

Thursday, 6th June, 2019

Neall and Val Campbell, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Neall and Val Campbell, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By By Emily Ferguson

Val and Neall Campbell have reached their diamond anniversary after many joy-filled years together. 

The pair met at an RSL Dance in 1958 and became friends and they were engaged the following year.

They said their vows and became husband and wife on June 6, 1959, at the Central Street Methodist Church.

Their wedding was a big one, with over 300 people in attendance to celebrate their union.

“We had a lot of toasters,” laughed Neall. Val’s wedding dress was a beautiful long-sleeved lace dress with a pink underlay.

Throughout their marriage the couple’s family has grown through their three children, Mark, Rosanne and Fiona, to include one grandchild, Melanie, and two great grandchildren, Cleo and Bodhi. 

The couple spent three years in Cobar after Neall was let go from the South Mine when it closed down, but eventually found their way back to Broken Hill.

Their favourite things about one another were difficult to be put into words but Neall joked, “We had good looks.”

“We just enjoy each other’s company,” said Val.

“Everybody has had their ups and downs, and we have, but like people say you know, you get through it.”

The Campbells don’t believe there is a secret to a long and successful marriage, it’s just about working together to make the marriage work. “You’ve just got to battle through it,” said Neall.

“We just talk things through,” said Val.

“Sometimes I win, sometimes she wins,” continued Neall. They feel a marriage is all about communication and balance.

The couple are planning to celebrate their anniversary on Friday night with their family.

“The family is taking us out on Friday night, we don’t know where yet,” said Val.

“Because the girls work Thursday night we have to make it Friday night.”

Both Val and Neall agree that they take the good with the bad, but they have had mostly good times.

They said they have thoroughly enjoyed their sixty years of marriage and the rest that is to come. 

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