Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Couple Celebrates 75 Years; Family Joins Anniversary Festivities with Wartime Bride and Military Policeman to Honour Devotion

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Couple Celebrates 75 Years; Family Joins Anniversary Festivities with Wartime Bride and Military Policeman to Honour Devotion

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Byline: Lucy Martin Lucy.Martin@dailymercury.com.au

RON and Eileen Woodall are celebrating a remarkable achievement this week -- they have been married for 75 years.

It was Wednesday, June 14, 1944, when Miss Eileen Rodgers married Ronald Woodall at St Patrick's Catholic Church, River St.

Given away by her father Teddy Rodgers, the bride had her two sisters as attendants, Daisy Barry and Elaine Hogan.

Percy Woodall was best man, and George Badrick groomsman.

The reception of more than 60 guests was held in the Parish Hall, chaired by Rev Father Durham.

The newlyweds honeymooned with a short holiday in Brisbane.

Eileen was one of 10 children of Teddy and Eileen Rodgers of the Cremorne. Ron was one of eight children of Albert and Violet Woodall of Inverlaw.

Eileen's father and brothers were well-known champion cyclists throughout Australia, with racing careers spanning from about 1910 until the 1950s.

The Rodgers family lived and worked at a sawmill in a remote area near Eton in the early 1930s. A young Eileen supervised correspondence lessons for her three younger siblings.

The Rodgers moved to a small home at the Cremorne in Mackay in the mid 1930s and Eileen and some of her siblings were educated at the convent in River Street.

Her father arranged for what is now known as the Roundhouse on Barnes Creek Road to be built about1940. The inner section of the unique building was constructed around the tall circular wooden walls of the family's 1930s cycling sideshow.

During World War II in the early 1940s, Eileen worked at Hamilton's Bakery, North Mackay, then as a telephonist at the PMG exchange in the old Post Office building in River Street. She was one of a team of helpers at the refreshment rooms at the Railway station when the troop trains would arrive at any hour. …

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