Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Boat Trip Launches 50 Years of Love

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Boat Trip Launches 50 Years of Love

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Lucy Martin

Lucy.Martin@dailymercury.com.au

MATT and Mary OCONeill met on a boat trip to the Whitsundays.

Both members of the Junior Farmers at the time, the couple was attending a group outing.

C[pounds sterling]He was with the Finch Hatton Junior Farmers and I was with North Eton,C[yen] Mrs OCONeill said.

Two years later they were married on January 9, 1963, by Father Mario Volparto at St Francis Church, West Mackay.

Mrs OCONeill said her gown had been a combination of satin and guipure lace with long sleeves.

C[pounds sterling]I wore the locket my grandfather gave my grandmother on their wedding day in 1911,C[yen] she said.

Their wedding reception was held in the Harrup Cricketer Hall.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs where Harrup Park is now,C[yen] Mrs OCONeill said.

The couple honeymooned on Hayman Island.

They will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, 50 years, with a lunch with family and friends today. …

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