Golf kept Colin, Beryle together
THEY met as love-struck teenagers and after more than 60 years together the love Colin and Beryle Greisbach share shows no sign of abating.
The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on February 10 with members of their extended family.
The great-grandparents met while they were both working at Ipswich’s iconic Cribb and Foote department store.
Both 16, Colin worked in the hardware section and Beryle in the mail order catalogue section.
Early in their courtship, with his girlfriend living at Rosewood, the Blackstone teen used to ride his bike out into the country to see his beloved.
“Back in those days no one had a car,” Mr Greisbach said.
“You either walked, had a push bike or caught the bus or the train.”
After a four-year courtship, they married on February 10, 1951, at the former Ipswich congregational church, now the site of the Coles supermarket.
During the early years of their marriage, Mr Greisbach worked in the Ipswich coal mines but was lucky enough to be working elsewhere during 1972 when 17 miners lost their lives after an underground explosion.
Then self-employed as a waste paper collector with a contract with Australian Paper Mills, he returned to the mines in 1975.
The Booval couple had two children, with Beryle presenting Colin with a daughter, Karen, on his 22nd birthday.
Their son Calvin arrived four years later.
Mr Greisbach said it was their shared interests, such as golf, which had bonded them together.
He said they had first joined the Sandy Gallop Golf Club in 1962, both playing through to 2005, when Beryle had to give it up for health reasons.
“We both played golf, which gave us a talking point over the afternoon meal table,” he said.
His wife agreed, saying it was their close bond which had seen them through both the good and the bad times.
“He is my best friend as well as my husband,” Mrs Greisbach said.