Celebrating 60 years

Couple: Colin and Noeleen (nee Madden) Howard
Date married: 20 January 1962
Wedding: Uniting Church Maleny
Reception: Maleny Hotel

COLIN and Noeleen grew up together in Maleny, both on dairy farms, but can’t pinpoint the exact time they met.

They spent the first few years of married life working between the fruit season in Shepparton, Victoria and the sugar cane season on the Sunshine Coast. Then, having a child in tow, they decided to settle down in Glass House Mountains when they share farmed a property with Mr Clarke on Quarry Road, now known as Sahara Road.

During this time Colin also worked at the quarry on the side of Mount Ngun Ngun which is now closed and then continued with main roads until he retired.

Noeleen worked at the local shop were the Glass House IGA now stands, Matilda Fruit Stall and then ran the kitchen at Matilda.

Both Colin and Noeleen worked for various farmers over the years with Colin picking tobacco and Noeleen strawberrys.

When Mr Clarke died the property was sold, and Colin and Noeleen purchased their home across the road from this farm where they raised their children Sharon, Michelle and Dick, and still live today.

Colin and Noeleen chose to celebrate their anniversary surrounded by their children, grand-children and great-grandchildren at their daughter Sharon’s home in Peachester.

Their daughter Sharon Bochow believes that their marriage has lasted as they share a great love for each other and their family, and have always worked hard and sacrificed to maintain it.

Colin and Noeleen with their kids
Colin and Noeleen with their grandkids