Eric and Joan Nunn recently celebrated 65 years of marriage
Eric and Joan Nunn recently celebrated 65 years of marriage Sarah Harvey

Classic Ipswich love story continues

A YOUNG Eric Nunn first met Joan Harkins at a dance held in the old Ipswich Trades Hall.

According to all reports Mr Nunn was immediately smitten and the couple started dating soon after they met.

Two weeks after his 20th birthday, Mr Nunn married his 22-year-old bride on September 30, 1950.

Within two years, they had built their home on Glebe Rd and had their first child, Ken.

Their daughter, Julie would soon follow and the couple now proudly boast six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr Nunn, now 85, worked in the timber and mining industries in Ipswich and the family holidayed regularly at Caloundra.

On weekends, he was an active member of the Ipswich and District Rifle Club, becoming the club captain and later a life member.

He represented Queensland in several state teams while Mrs Nunn, now 87, became an active supporter of her husband's sport and club, leading the fundraising efforts when the club had to move from Redbank to Ripley, due to the extension of the Ipswich Motorway in the late 1970s.

Her 65 years of service was honoured by the club in July of this year at the annual Prize Meeting, where Mrs Nunn was presented with an Honorary Life Membership.

Their daughter Julie described her parents 65 year marriage as a wonderful example for all the family to try and follow.

"Family has always come first. There is nothing mum and dad wouldn't do for anyone of us," she said.

"Their health is not the best now, but it has been a privilege to be able to repay the favour and help them wherever we can."

In previous years, big celebrations have been held for each decade the couple have been together, with the pair renewing their wedding vows on their 50th wedding anniversary.

This year, however, a small family gathering was held on the day.

Mrs Nunn said she was already busy planning the couple's 70th anniversary celebrations.  
 



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