Redland Bay couple Hugh and Dawn Chalmers celebrate 70 years of marriage sparked by early proposal

REDLAND Bay man Hugh Chalmers knew the moment he set eyes on wife Dawn that she was the girl for him.

LOVE: Hugh and Dawn Chalmers recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were engaged soon after meeting each other in 1949.

LOVE: Hugh and Dawn Chalmers recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were engaged soon after meeting each other in 1949.

He fell so deeply in love with her that he decided to pop the question just a week after they met while working together at an engineering firm in Brisbane.

"She said 'you haven't known me long enough' and made me wait one more week to get engaged and then we married three months later," Mr Chalmers said.

The couple, who still live in their own home, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last week.

They are now in their mid-90s but can still recall their special day at Albert Street Methodist Church in Brisbane on April 18, 1950.

Mrs Chalmers gave birth to their first daughter, Debbie, soon after the wedding but tragedy struck the family when they lost their second daughter during childbirth.

"After that we couldn't have anymore children so we adopted a son and named him Adam," he said.

"We adopted him from Mater Hospital. He was about ten days old.

"The nun said 'if you don't like him, you don't have to take him'.

"How could you pick up a little baby like that and say you don't want him? It is pretty hard, isn't it?"

Mr Chalmers said their ongoing love for each other and spending time together had contributed to their long-lasting relationship.

"Wherever we go, even shopping, we go together," he said.

"We always did things together. We loved caravaning, although we had to give that up when we came here (to the Redlands).

"We were living down at Tweed Heads for quite some time and then we came up here to live and we have been here about 15 years."

Mr Chalmers' history is in the Merchant Navy and marine engineering while Mrs Chalmers hails from a long-line of politicians.

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