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“Don’t argue!” - Roland

By Corowa Free Press

Roland Nixon conveyed a simple message about the secret to his 65 years of marriage to wife Dorothy.

“You don’t argue with the wife!” he told The Free Press.

Dorothy turns 88-years-of-age this week and Roland will soon be that age, in July. After starting at Daysdale then mostly at Coreen, the Nixons left farming to settle in Corowa in 1999 “before the big price rise for farms”.

“But you move on,” Roland said. “Dorothy is in Albury and District Aged Care, since last July and life gets lonely.”

Especially at present with the coronavirus-related restrictions, because Roland is mystified why bowling hasn’t resumed at the Corowa RSL Club where he is manager of the 60s and over.

“I hope to get back to bowling as soon as possible,” he said. “We should be allowed to play. There’s not a crowd there and we don’t have to go into the club or allowed to at this stage.”

It was February 5, 1955 when the happy couple and Life Members of Daysdale Football Club, married at the Corowa Presbyterian Church. The reception was held at Hoppy’s cafe at the top end of Sanger Street. 

“Dad said ‘the day was so hot the birds were dropping out of the trees’,” daughter Jane Verbunt of Albury said.

“ ‘Roly’ and ‘Dorry’ lived most of their life on the farm ‘Boomerang’ Coreen, and retired to Corowa. They have five children and 19 grandchildren. 

“They have been great parents and we were so happy and fortunate to be able to celebrate this milestone with them.”