Celebrating a 70th wedding anniversary is a rare event. On March 1, Hans and Ingrid Brickl did just that at Fleurieu Function Centre with family and friends.
The day was full of laughter, memories and congratulations to the couple, who pledged their love and loyalty in their home town, Hamburg, on February 25, 1950.
Three years after their wedding, they migrated to Australia with their one-year-old daughter Simone and chose Adelaide as their home. Hans put his welding skills to use on pipeline construction in country SA.
In 1959 they welcomed a son, Roger, moved to Panorama and became Australian citizens. Four years later, baby Sharon arrived.
Hans switched employment before setting up a business erecting carports and verandahs. Ingrid, the secretary/treasurer, salted away enough savings by the late 1970s to buy a shack on Hindmarsh Island. This became home when Hans retired. Hans indulged in his passion for boating and fishing, while Ingrid took up Tai Chi with friends in Goolwa. They made regular caravanning trips with friends along the east coast until 2011.
In 2013 they moved to Goolwa, where they now live at Seachange Village. Ingrid loves her exercise classes, bingo afternoons and other community events, and her flower garden, while Hans enjoys growing vegetables.
The Queen, the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and their state and federal MPs all sent the couple congratulatory messages.