50th the time for a real celebration
KEV and Rosemary Muller say they've never had much but what they have they cherish and, besides, they've always had each other.
They were married 50 years ago in Rosewood. She was from Walloon, he was from Dundas near Esk and their fathers didn't want them to marry so, apart from the minister and his wife, there were few guests.
The minister put on some cakes, sandwiches and tea and they bought an ice cream each at the Blue Star service station at Blacksoil on the way home.
Tonight they are going to try to make up for that with a family party featuring a three-tier wedding cake at the Ipswich Workers' Club.
After they were married, Kev worked on a farm at Dundas but left after his boss refused to pay him five schillings more on top of the pound a week he got.
He got a job in Brisbane being paid 17 pounds a day but had to live out of a ute before they moved to Bundaberg where they bought their first house for $750.
They moved back to Ipswich and Kev had a few jobs including truck contractor before opening a mower business in West Ipswich. Now retired, Kev does up old lawn mowers and sells them as a hobby.
The Mullers have four girls and a boy, 19 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
"You have your ups and downs but you go into it for better or for worse," Mrs Muller said.
"If you love someone you stick with them.
"We haven't ever had a lot but the kids always had Christmas; we never went out and wasted money.
"I think kids these days get too much given to them."