SADIE and Tom Brooks have always enjoyed the simple life.

The Southside husband, 86, and wife, 79, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 31.

Mrs Brooks was just 10 years old when Mr Brooks' family moved to her hometown of Closeburn, near Brisbane.

She was friends with his sister, and they would see each other during house visits and at church.

The small farming community offered little opportunity for matchmaking.

"Then they started up dancing lessons, because there was nothing to do," Mrs Brooks said.

"They said 'take a partner' and I turned around and he was right behind me. That was it."

She was 16 at the time, and three years later, in 1956, they were married.

They started planning their wedding before he even thought to propose to her.

"It was just a foregone conclusion, that's where we were heading," Mrs Brooks said.

"One day, after we were making all the arrangements for the wedding, we were fishing and he said to me, 'I never really did ask you to marry me, did I?' So he did then."

Copy of Sadie and Tom Brooks' original wedding photo from 1956.
Copy of Sadie and Tom Brooks' original wedding photo from 1956. Renee Albrecht

Mrs Brooks borrowed a wedding dress from a "nice young lass down the road" and made her bouquet from crepe paper.

She gave birth to their first son in March the next year, and three more children soon followed.

Now they have 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, with another two little girls on the way.

They moved to Southside three years ago to escape the bustle of Ferny Grove.

"We were both brought up in the country, and loved it," Mrs Brooks said.

The pair have had their share of hardship.

"A lot of things have happened over the years, and we've supported each other through that," Mrs Brooks said.

"He's had two major bypass operations over the years. I had bowel cancer."

Mr Brooks has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but the pair are still as close as ever.

"We've always worked together," Mrs Brooks said.

"We get up in the morning, we make the bed together, we get breakfast."

Gympie Times


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