Still in love after 75 years
IT’S a milestone few reach but David and Dorothy Behrendorff have just chalked up 75 years of marriage.
The couple met through a church youth society and were married at Maryborough’s St Matthews Lutheran Church on December 31, 1935.
David was 21 and Dorothy was 22.
In that year, King George V was monarch, Joseph Lyons was Australia’s Prime Minister and there was no television.
It was also during the depression and David lost his job just three weeks after they wed.
“There was not much work, there was no dole, there was no nothing,” he said.
But they struggled through the hard times including the Second World War and survived.
“She stuck with me,” David said, adding that he could never leave Dorothy.
“We went through all the tough times.
“People say how did you stick together that long?
“Love one another,” he answered.
David worked on a lot of construction jobs around central and south-east Queensland including clearing scrub by hand with an axe, mattock and shovel to make way for roads.
He remembers the early years on the job – living in a tent with Dorothy while she cooked for the other men on the crew.
All that changed when she fell pregnant and returned home to her mother in Maryborough.
The couple raised three children in Maryborough: Warren, Helen and Trevor.
Now David and Dorothy, aged 96 and 97 respectively, can count seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren among their family.
The world looks a very different place 75 years down with track.The couple retired to Hervey Bay for about 15 years but ill-health forced them move closer to their daughter Helen in Maryborough and they now live in the Chelsea Retirement Community.
David and Dorothy will celebrate their milestone with a special, private lunchtime celebration at Chelsea today along with visits from family members throughout the day.