My parents Leslie and Brenda Deadman who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today.
Leslie and Brenda met at the Tourist Hotel in Wagga whilst working for Brenda's parents who were the proprietors. Leslie was a soldier who had returned from the Korean War and was based at Kapooka.
Leslie and Brenda were married at St Michael's Cathedral in Wagga Wagga on April 17, 1954.
They moved to Goulburn where Leslie worked for a fuel distribution company.
It was whilst in Goulburn that they had their first child, Jennifer.
In 1957 the family moved back to Wagga to assist Brenda's parents with their small general store.
Leslie went to work with Sheekey's soft drinks.
Leslie and Brenda went on to have three more children named Stephen, Robyn and Kay.
Leslie and Brenda provided a fun-loving environment for all of their children.
All children played sport, learned how to fish, go yabbying and water-ski, as just a few examples.
In 1984, Leslie, who was by now working for Moore Parragon (a paper factory), had a workplace injury where he was bowled over by one of the huge paper rolls.
Unfortunately that was the end of Leslie's working life.
After years of rehabilitation they bought a van at the Clyde View caravan park whilst they decided on where to settle permanently.
In 1988 they sold the family home in Wagga and bought a lovely home in Broulee.
Leslie and Brenda provided a fun-loving environment for all of their children. All children played sport, learned how to fish, go yabbying and water-ski, as just a few examples.
It didn't take long for them to make new friends.
Leslie once again was bowling where he became the president of the South Coast area for a number of years.
Brenda introduced herself to the local tennis club where she played up until a couple of years ago.
Leslie handed in his driver's licence a couple of years ago due to an eyesight problem.
Brenda at the age of 88 still drives and regularly drives over to Canberra to her daughter Jennifer's home.
Leslie and Brenda have eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two great grandchildren.