Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Whirlwind Love Story; Leichhardt Couple's Five Month Courtship Lasts the Test of Time

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Whirlwind Love Story; Leichhardt Couple's Five Month Courtship Lasts the Test of Time

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Byline: Ashleigh Howarth ashleigh.howarth@qtcn.com.au

WHAT started as a whirlwind romance has blossomed into six decades of love, friendship and adventure for Yvonne and Reginald Smith.

The happy couple from Leichhardt is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday and have planned a big party with their loved ones for the weekend.

When Yvonne first laid eyes on Reg at their local post office in Brisbane, there wasn't any doubt in her mind he was the one.

"I was working at a pharmacy in Taringa east, and there was a little shopping centre there. The post office was around the corner, and I went around to get the mail this day and the postmaster said 'I'm going on holidays', so he introduced me to the new postmaster, which was Reg," she said, gushing.

"I go back to work, and my girlfriend who worked at the dentist next door asked if I had met 'that scrawny fellow from the post office yet'. I told her that he was the guy I was going to marry. Even though he had a ring on his finger, I knew it was going to be him. He was wearing his grandfather's signet ring."

Reg also felt the spark straight away, and made the first move. He offered her a lift home and asked her out on a date to the pictures. From that moment on they were inseparable, and after a five-month courtship, they got married at the St Bartholemew's Church in Bardon on November 7, 1959.

Reg said he decided to skip the engagement and go straight to marriage.

"When I told my father we were going to get engaged, he said 'why waste your money on a bloody engagement ring if you know it's the girl'," Reg said.

"And as they say, the rest is history."

Yvonne, aged 18 at the time, was already prepared for her big day, having bought her wedding dress a couple of years prior.

"I bought that off my sister's sister-in-law. …

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