WHEN you walk into Beryl and Jack Mowat’s house in Cunningham Downs you are greeted by music from a bygone era — it fills the rooms.
The couple met at a dance at Sale in Gippsland where they were both born.
On February 1, 1958, the couple began their married life by moving 6km down the road to Longford to work at their dairy farm.
“We’ve always worked together,” said Beryl on their secret to a long marriage.
“That’s been the main thing I think,” Jack chimed in.
“We’ve made all our decisions together,” Beryl said.
“And we just like the same things.”
In 1963 the couple, now joined by three daughters, bought a bigger farm in Bass where they spent the rest of their working lives and welcomed their fourth and final daughter.
While life on the farm was rigorous, the couple maintained their close bond by doing the hard yards together.
In their down time, the two enjoyed playing sport and kept up their dance attendance, even bringing their kids along to the Saturday night outings.
“We still dance around the house,” Beryl laughs.
“We saw out the old year and welcomed the new one by having a little dance.”
In 1990 the Mowats retired and moved to nearby Wonthaggi before making the tree change to Echuca in 1999.
Here, the hardcore St Kilda supporters enjoy indoor bowls, volunteering around the community and getting involved in the Cunningham Downs community.
They are also keen followers of International Dairy Week, having been to 27 of the 28 shows where one year they bred a calf that grew to be champion.
To celebrate their anniversary, the pair decided a simple gift was best.
“We bought cards for each other this year,” Beryl laughed.
“And we bought them at different places at different times.
“And we bought the same card.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
Constantly surrounded by their four daughters Sharon, Kerri, Robyn and Lisa, their many grandchildren and now a great-grandson called Jack, the Mowat’s always enjoy spending time with their growing family.
But perhaps the key reason to Jack and Beryl’s long, loving and successful marriage is their night time ritual.
“We always go to bed with a goodnight kiss and say God bless.”