S: Celebration of 50 years of Marriage
BC: Made with Love by Belinda October 2009
FC: Our Wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day! Grow old with me, the best is yet to be..... Frank & Barb Married 17th October 1959 celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary 17th October 2009
1: A Celebration of 50 years of Marriage for my Mum & Dad Frank & Barb Muggeridge who married on 17th October 1959 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church Enoggera With Love Your daughter - Belinda & with help from your family & friends.......
3: An Anniversary is a time to celebrate the JOYS of today, the MEMORIES of yesterday, and the HOPES of tomorrow . . . . . . . . . . | Our Anniversary is a time to look back at the GOOD TIMES and a time to look ahead to live our DREAMS together!
5: Lord God & Creator, We bless and praise your name. In the beginning you made man & woman, so that they might enter a communion of life & love. You likewise blessed the union of Frank & Barb so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church. Look with kindness on them today. Amid the joys and struggles of their life you have preserved the union between them; renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace, so that (surrounded by their children) they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord Amen by Father Paul Chandler Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane
6: Love bears all things, Believes all things, Hopes all things, Endures all things, Love never ends. Corinthians 13:7-8 The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart Helen Keller I look into your eyes and I see the greatest miracle given to me. You are the joy of everyday. Your smile guides my way. Shelley Howington
7: This day shall be a love day.... If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you...... Winne the Pooh Where there is love there is life... Mahatma Gandhi Love is a moment that lasts forever..... Julie Wittey There is only one happiness in life, To Love and Be Loved....... George Sand To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, And to sing it to them......
8: "The best thing about me is you." ~Shannon Crown
10: "You're nothing short of my everything." ~Ralph Block | Love is a Gift.....
11: Here we are at last, suddenly the pieces fit All at once, I make sense of this crazy world Loved you for so long, now your hand is holdin' mine It's like we're standing still in time. This is our moment, this is our night A new beginning of the rest of our lives With every heartbeat, with every kiss Let's always remember that love is a gift. With each passing year, we will keep our love alive I will be here by your side forever Looking in your eyes, I believe in destiny I believe in you and me. This is our moment, this is our night A new beginning of the rest of our lives With every heartbeat, with every kiss Let's always remember that love is a gift. The rarest thing we have on earth Is so special there's no measuring it's worth This is our moment, this is our night A new beginniNg of the rest of our lives With every hear beat, with every kiss Let's always remember that love is a gift. It's a gift Lyrics to Love is a Gift - by Olivia Newton-John
12: WILKES | TWO FAMILIES - UNITED AS ONE............
14: You were blessed with 5 children Bradley Joseph Patrick John Matthew James Daniel Paul Belinda Mary | There is nothing like a child's smile to make all the chaos worthwhile Four small sons to hug good night Four small sons to grow up right For small sons with love to give Four small sons to have fun with! Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people...they are born with a little bit of 'angelshine' about them. And though it wears thin sometimes, there is always enough left to capture your heart
20: Family is..... Everlasting Love.....
23: THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
24: We sat around the campfire On a chilly night Talking about life In the shine of the moonlight Then we added more logs To make the fire bright And sang some favourite camp songs Together with all our might And when the fire flickered and embers began to form We snuggled in our sleeping bags All cozy and all warm....
26: Brad & Melissa Nathan & Gemma Emma & Brendan Lucy
28: MEMORIES OF MUGGERIDGES ON THE MOVE! From my first (implanted) memory of being told about a car that a mate and I painted; but I do remember the cow and potty calf at Esk and the outside tap freezing with frost on the ground; the caged Eagle at the Toowoomba turn-off and the black Rolls Can'Ardly. I could even remember how to get to our old house when I visited there over 20 years later. I don't remember Blessed Oliver Plunkett apart from the funny name of the school I went to. Then came the Shell Garage at Holland Park and many things happened there, including a haunted house in the back streets on the way home from school. After that was Tarling Street and learning to ride a bike with Dad holding onto the back seat. There was the corner shop where Banjo was savaged and also survived and also where a guy with one leg used to lean on his crutch and shoot at the magpies in the big gum tree near the shop. Going to Xmas parties at Nan & Pop Mugs' and I realised Santa was really Geoff. Hmmmm. Next move was Exton Street and the dream home. Guinea Pigs were bred, home movies began and we played "no time for standing" on a mound of dirt which led to Matt's leg scar. Dad worked secretly downstairs doing up a push bike which lasted me till I left home. Sitting the entry test for Clairvaux and going to school there. Pop Fred fighting a neighbour at Geoff's 21st (I think). The sad day when you told us we were moving to Newcastle and the Dwyers were moving to Rockhampton. Unfortunately that brought my holidays with the Dwyers at Tugun to an end. Newcastle was exciting when I moved down early with Dad staying in the Novocastrian so I could start school at Marist Brothers Hamilton. Mind you Lamb's Fry was bloody disgusting Dad :( So from Mirral Crescent, Newcastle I turned 13. That's where I remember the camping holidays beginning and the big marquis tent at Stockton beach. God knows how you fitted it in the Fairlane and it was great fun. Sadly Banjo wasn't at home anymore after that one! I remember copping a caning at school and talking to Mum after school about the very exciting sex education I was getting at school. You must have laughed your head off telling Dad about it. I mean 5 kids and all by then. WOW!!!! Then back to Brissie and living in the last place you wanted to, the brick jungle, Mansfield, and back to Clairvaux with my mates. You know I missed the 1st year of high school in both Newcastle & Brisbane but did the 2nd year twice. I was almost 14 and Mansfield is where I really grew up, not the least because that's where I met Melissa. My last family holiday to Canberra and Sydney with the Downs', going to the Amco Cup and lighting up. Dad falling over himself to light my cigarette, you were so proud, how times change. We did the convoy tour of Canberra and my first visit to the War Memorial. I've been back many times since. And walking through the Cross in my Starsky jackets at a very mature 16horrified at the price of an orange juice but awestruck by the offers on the street I had a ball growing up in Mansfield where I had great friends, met my future wife and grew up to be a man. Parties downstairs, all of which you knew about eventually, having a beer at the bar with my mates and Mum & Dad. Even Rick getting me in strife for stuff I didn't do, funny looking back but a bloody annoying little brother then. Listening to my music on your HMV record player and skateboarding in the rumpus room. Planning for the wedding and finally leaving home to start my new life. There's so much more I could write about here. :)
29: Sport was always big and Saturdays with you both doing the rounds of ALL the games finishing with pies from the pie van for lunch. Even though Dad worked hard during the week I always remember him being at my footy games, from Brothers St Brendan's, where a kid too heavy for his age in Rugby League was made to run around in a raincoat before weigh in; when Dad said enough, time to make a change to Rugby, a change that has stuck all my life since then and I'm pleased for it despite the current Reds. Although Rugby League for Wests Newcastle and going to Maitland, Cessnock and other places in the Hunter Valley to watch them play was fantastic. As Melissa and I have had kids, you've always been there, even when we moved away to Sydney and Melbourne. You've offered your help when you could and it's always been a pleasure to visit, albeit probably not often enough. We've got 3 kids that love and cherish the time they've enjoyed with their Grandparents I am including Lucy but the jury's still out); and you can see that when they join us on the Easter treks along with their partners now. You've passed on your family values which we've passed onto our kids and through trials and tribulations our family has been, and will always be, there for us and each other, no matter how far away. Those values come from George & Chrissy and Fred & Marge and our kids know how lucky they've been to have 3 Great Grandparents to spend time with, if only George had been here longer. If our kids can pass on the same values and importance of family then we've learnt well from you, as have they from us. I do love you, very much, and don't say it often enough but I know you know it's true. Happy 50th Anniversary, Mum & Dad, Melissa and I are well over half way there so looking good to make it ourselves. That's in no small part, thanks to you. I reckon that's 50 years to be proud of! And it looks like you're still "on the move"!
31: I knew that Nan didn't like Daisy in my bedroom, let alone sleeping in the bed with me. But it couldn't stop me calling their dog into the room when I was staying over at Nana & Pop's as a child. I also know they didn't like it when I played with the medieval axe and the spiky metal ball and chain (that I knew as a bommy-knocker) that Pop had on display behind his bar. Actually, looking back I'm not sure I did many things that Nan & Pop would have liked that much. I now know that Nan didn't really appreciate the hard rock CD's I would always bring over for her to listen to. I'm just glad she never realised they were just an attempt to convert her to "my" music. That would have been very uncool. I'm pretty sure they also didn't appreciate it when I used a whole can of Mortein on a family of redback spiders I had found living in their backyard. And I could never understand my Nan was so annoyed at me when I ducked when she was taking a photo of me. In the days before a digital camera could hold hundreds of images, taking a picture of a blank wall while I was laughing uncontrollably on the ground would have been frustrating. But they were always there doing what Grandparents were supposed to do: taking the potentially dangerous weapons off me that I was using as a toy; turning the volume down; and making me understand why the last shot in their camera should be used more wisely. Congratulations on 50 years. I know I speak for the whole family when I say how happy we are for you and how glad we are you were there to show us the right way. Love always, Nathan.
32: Dear Nan & Pop, Wow, 50 years - what an achievement! It takes patience, happiness, strength of character, an most of all a deep and enduring love. You have both enriched the lives of those around you, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for your love and patience over the years. Congratulations on the half Century, and I hope that there's many more happy years to come. Love you, Em & Bren xox
36: Rick, Jaicob `& Gabriella
38: 50 YEARS FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE On the 17th of October 1959 a man & woman unite to be together for better or worse, They start to plan a life filled of love & commitment so share with 5 children of course. They built a strong rock solid family with Brad, Rick, Matt, Dan & Belinda, And finished at that cause anymore would of made the budget even thinner. Frank worked like a Trojan to keep us all well fed, clothed, happy & together, He would be working hard & long on the road no matter what the weather. Bar would make us all love one another & keep us all on the straight & narrow, Although us boys would fight & play & keep that wooden spoon budget very shallow. As it would fly continuously in & out of that drawer so quick so fast & so God damn often, That we would all cringe at the sight of it except for Matt who always made it broken. And there there was Belinda to contend with 4 older & stronger brothers, But we all knew that no matter what, she always would have the support of our mother. But we really did all love each other no matter what we all had said or done, Between Rugby for us boys & dancing for Belinda as a family we would all be one. Now 50 years on, we are all grown & have lives filled with great & beautiful children, And it is all because of how we were raised by our fantastic parents that we were given. I am proud to say & sure I speak on behalf of my dedicated & loving siblings, The qualities that we were shown have been implanted in each of us to pass on for giving. Now if it were not for the overwhelming love & support that our parents did bestow, Then where we are today would be somewhere else as we all would certainly know. So 50 years have come so quick but with so much of life's enjoyment, love & fun, Now the next 50 begin with all those necessary qualities we were given from Dad & Mum. Well the 5 of us all LOVE you both more than you could possibly have known, But I am sure the qualities we pass onto our families will show you how we have grown. The next chapter must now begin as this one is about to come to an end, And I know that the next chapter of our lives will continually grow stronger again and again. So here's to the next 50 years as I raise my glass & do loudly give some cheers, You are the BEST parents any kid could ask for and do look forward to the following years.
39: I personally want to thank you for being the best parents a child could ask for & the support you have given me is more generous than i could ever hope for. you both are the best................ With love to you both always, Rick xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox | Thanks for being there for us Love Jaic Thanks for looking after us Love Gabby We both Love you very much!
40: Matt & Colleen Adam, Jaimi & Steve
42: Well that's how it started and from that point on, who would know what lay ahead. In the wake of 50 years of marriage, the memories are flooded with great experiences and life-long learnings that will last generations. Mum with a gregarious and cheerful attitude to whatever life sends her way. An attribute clearly inherited from Nan. A bright light in any kind of day, always welcoming and vibrant to loved ones and strangers alike. An expert conversationalist and able to show interest and contribute to any topic. Dad as the foundation, anchoring the family and providing guidance with a gentle hand. Believing in us enough to allow us to stretch ourselves. Though, if I never have to be shown how to hold a shovel or dig a hole, I'll be glad of that, and somehow still think of it when I pick-up a shovel. Together a force of one, presenting a united front that not even brooding children could successfully play one parent off against the other. And this advice you passed on when I was marrying Colleen; Always present a united front. It is simply stated, not always easy to live by, but one of the fundamental points in any marriage that I will be glad to pass on to anyone who will listen. And for me, I do my best to use these attributes in my everyday life. So many memories it would require a tome. There were the countless days of sitting on sidelines as we played footy. The trip home in the car was so much fun as we recounted the game play-by-play, tackle-by-tackle. We'd often stopped at the local pie-truck to pickup lunch. Then there were the big games we'd all enjoy on the sidelines at Ballymore, so close to the big players you could almost touch them. The games were followed by a quick Mass at South Brisbane which ultimately became the parish that Married me to my lovely Colleen and later christened Adam, Jaimi and Steve. | At high-school there were the many nights that you would pick me up late at night from the Griffith library after a day of study. The support and advice Dad gave me when presenting at the Lion's competitions. One of the biggest moments in my young life at the time, was when I delivered the Captain's speech at the end of year Mass. I was, naturally, quite nervous. And you know, the one thing that kept me on track and brimming with confidence, was knowing I had your unrelenting support and knowing that once again you were in the audience. Always there and always loving. Then there are the quirky memories, that seem like nothing in a fleeting moment, but have long-term and lasting effects. One quirky memorable day was at the footy. Oddly enough, it wasn't the footy that was memorable. This was the day that gave birth to so many pigeons in our neighbourhood yard. After spending some time with a mate and his pigeon collection, I remember we had just sat in our grand-stand seats when I asked you if I could own pigeons. Those pigeons and their pigeon house bore many great memories and experiences. Memories of camping vacations, chasing away sharks, beach driving, gorges, day-long hikes, and on and on. There were so many great things that filled our childhoods with so much fun and joyful adventure. And most recently, the trip of a lifetime, as Dad and I prepared for and ultimately achieved... a double-crossing of the Simpson Desert and experiencing Australia's Red Centre together. It's such a rare thing, firstly to experience such an adventure and secondly to experience with my Dad. We are blessed to have you both in such a strong and loving relationship. A 50 year union that even today continues to grow and strengthen. Happy 50th Anniversary! | M A T T | Gee Mum and Dad, thanks for getting married and having me!
43: 50 years - Congratulations! So many memories that you have shared together and quite a few that I have had the privilege to share with you both. Family BBQ's, Christmas festivities, nights around the campfire and many many laughs over a few glasses of vino to name but a few. Each occasion shared in the loving atmosphere that you both create tor not only your immediate family but also your extended family and friends. Wishing you both many more years of wedded bliss. Love Colleen.
44: To Nan & Pop, Congratulations on 50 years of marriage - I don't have a lot of experience in this kind of thing but I would imagine if you can make it through 50 years of thick, thin, ups, downs and in-betweens you must be doing something right! Of all the memories I've shared with you the time I spent at the house in Sunnybank stands out the most - whether it was playing in the garden, splashing in the spa, eating macadamia nuts at the bar, or running around the front yard and under the verandah; I always had a ball add to this the seemingly endless supply of Quik strawberry milkshakes expertly whipped up by pop and various excellent kids movies generously recorded by Nan and you've got paradise for an 8 year old. Congratulations once again on reaching such a milestone - here's to 50 more years! Adam
47: A memory of Pop is Pops' never ending supply of vending machine chips & chocolate! And of Nan, it would have to be when I dyed her hair purple and a couple of months later she was reduced to wearing a scarf because it hadn't washed out as promised! Love Jaimi xoxoxo
50: Dan, Jeanita, Sophie, Lauren & Ella
55: NANNY & POPPY Nanny & Poppy's are special, Why? Because they are Great People Because they look after you well Because they are Gentle Because they are Loving Because they give great Cuddles Because Poppy stands on his head Because they Play Games with us We love you both very, very much. HAPPY 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!! Love Sophie, Lauren, Ella & Mya
57: YOUR GOLDEN After your 3rd comes the 4th, the one that not only broke the mould but broke more rules than he and others can remember. Not longer after the 4th was born came the 5th that was so different to what any of the 4 prior had experienced before. YES it was a GIRL. With all of the antics of the 4th, it needed 2 very special people and very special parents because only parents could understand and love such a creature. I thank you for being there during the hard times of my life but more importantly, the good times of my life. Without your guidance, dedication, persistence, commitment as well as giving such overwhelming love for me, I know my life could have been so very different and I would not have achieved anywhere near what I have if it was not for my parents. I know that with the quality of ethics that you have instilled in all your children is a formula for being successful in our personal lives and also being great parents and families of our own. To a very special couple on your 50th Wedding Anniversary, you both have been and of course will always be 2 of the most inspirational people that may other families' only dream of having as their parents, we are so lucky to have you both as ours. All our Love, Dan, Jeanita, Sophie, Lauren & Ella xoxoxoxoxo
58: Parents are the unsung heroes of every person who has done something great! You are my unsung hero - because what I have done that is great - is to become a Mum. You are two role models for everyone who believes in eternal love, For those who trust & believe that there is "an only one". You are two role models who believe that two can be united as one, Who followed your dreams....lived a life....as a perfect Dad & Mum. You are two role models for commitment, loyalty, love and devotion, To show every person that your love for eachother is an eternal emotion. You are two role models who are loved & cherished by family & friends, Because without you in our lives, our hearts would never mend...... | elieve | Belinda, Mick, Joel & Khali
60: My Mum & Dad........they are what I aspire to be every day of my life. I feel proud to have you as my parents - and I cannot thank you enough for giving me the most beautiful home that any parents could give a child. While doing this memory book, so many wonderful memories of my childhood came up. You are two people who are loved by so many friends. Not many people can be as proud of you can be, with the memories that you have with people who are still in your life. This just adds to the fact that you are incredibly loyal, honest and true to yourselves and to your marriage. Growing up with 4 brothers and 2 parents who loved me is more than anybody can ask for. Todays society does not have many wonderful stories such as yours - you can be proud. Never did I think that I would not be with you on this important day, but you must know you are both with me every step I take in my life. You are still in my daily thoughts. I have so many wonderful memories of us. Some of the most precious memories are those that were made in the months before I left. Living in my backyard created the most beautiful mornings. Our sunrises drinking coffee and our sunsets drinking wine. The lunch we shared at Stradbroke Island. Mum - our time in Melbourne together. Let's not forget Hong Kong. Dad I worked with you, and I truly believe that by doing so, we became closer than a Father & Daughter ever could be. Dad, you created Charlie - a bond that is for only you & I. I love being your Charlie, I also don't mind sharing her with Khali. As my children have grown I remember Mum walking into the hospital and seeing Joel and crying. My perfect little boy - my dream becoming a reality of wanting to be a Mum. This was the day I realised how much a mother loves their child Dad - remember picking Joel up out of his cot while asleep for the first time you saw him. Wow - he looked so good in your arms - and he loves you so much. Remember bringing pink to the hospital Mum for Khali. She holds the middle name of someone who is so precious to both of us. Your Puggle loves you both with all her heart. The children we cared for loved you too. You gave them a real sense of Grandparents - how amazing are you to open your hearts so wide. You seem to have room for everbody. Mum & Dad......my Mum & Dad......the two most important people in my life who created me and who allowed me to be who I am today. I love you as much as a child could ever love a parent. Love Belinda
61: Franky and Babs, WOW what an amazing day for you both and congratulations. Over the years your love, friendship and support to me as a son-in-law shows how two people can be a perfect match and a loving couple for so long. Your dedication to each other is a true example of what life is all about. Your willingness to help others shows your compassion a value lost by many these days. Franky and Babs - congratulations and best wishes for today and the next 50 years. Love Mick
66: My Nan & Pop.... I find it funny how me and Pop are both colour blind, both have messed up knees and that he is the only one on either side of my family who has blue eyes as well as me. I love the way how Nan always seems to make me something for birthdays or christmas that I always use every single day. Happy 50th Anniversary - Congrats on half a century!
67: Nan & Pop, There are many different types of love in life, but the one you have given me since the day I was wrapped in a blanket till the day I am standing over you watching you read this and for forever more is the most special kind of love anyone could ask for. The love that you have given me is the special kind of love we share. The love we share together is the type of love that you put into a jewellery box as you build it all for me and embroidering my name into the front of it. The type of love where you would take me out to your shed and show me how to make a toy car with wood and all those fancy machines. The kind of love when you take your Grandchildren to the zoo and take them forward and back to the same cage 100 times just so they can see their favourite animal again and again. The kind of love where you make the most special and precious blanket for me and handstitch every little girl on it and add a special one that shows half her face. The type of love where you can sit on your Grandparents lap for a cuddle and not say a word, just remain in silence as you listen to the birds and the wind as you hold that intimacy towards eachother. Nan and Pop, I love you so very much and all these memories will never be forgotten as they remain in one of the safest and most special places in my heart. And as you keep on sharing these memories you create more, like today on your 50th Wedding Anniversary. Love your Puggle / Little Charlie
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74: Barbara May & Francis William, How can I say what you two mean to Paulette & I? You were the example for us to admire when we embarked on our journey of married life. Barb you were the one who took me to school at St Jimmie's on the tram when I first went to school in the City. I went from a class of 8 to a class of maybe 40 or 50 so it was a comfort to have you as my guide. What an eye opener going from all Nun teachers to all Brothers. Very scary. It was you who convinced me that I should take dancing lessons when I was 16. Dn't know if it did any good. But maybe it was my dancing style that landed me with the love of my life. It was Frank who invited me to play tennis on Friday nights. Was this to be an early lesson in life through the eyes of Booby Green and co? That experience sure opened my eyes Frank. NB. The Alderley train crossing and Ewen McDonnell experience cannot be remembered as a highlight of my early years. Thank mate they were great times. We have many many great family memories and I only hope that as we grow in body and mind that we have numerous more opportunities to re-live our great memories, even if the details become fuzzy and slightly exaggerated as time passes. We both have great children and grand-children to help re-live our memories and to remind us of great times together. Congratulations on your exceptional marriage and we look forward to inviting you to our 50th on the 22nd May 2014 (Put it in your book now just in case you forget). Love always, Pat & Paulette. | Dear Barb & Frank, It was an honour to be one of your bridesmaids 50 years ago. I remember that it was a happy wedding day for two wonderful people. You have both earned your 5 years of happy marriage and you have both achieved the most important thing in life. You have created a loving and caring family. Barb I have often told you what a lovely man Frank is but I don't think that I have told you that you are a lovely woman. Wishing you both a happy & loving 50th Wedding Anniversary and all the best for the future. Maureen
75: THE WILKES GIRLS | It's not a funny story but one of my favourite times ever was when you guys lived in Newcastle and we all came for a holiday and there was 14 of us living in your house. It was crazy - 8 of us kids running amok and having an absolute ball. Danny was the cheekiest of all if I remember correctly !!!!!!!!!!! Terri
76: I would like to wish Barb & Frank a Happy Anniversary. Some of my best memories are hanging out at your house over the school holidays, pretending Belinda and I were twins, swimming in the pool (or should I say being dunked by the boys) and joining in on all the revelry going on. Deb
77: THe WiLKES BOYs
79: THE MUGGERIDGES
80: Congratulations to you both for your lifelong relationship. 50 years is just amazing! All the best for the future. Love and best wishes, Patsy & Glenn
81: A quote from your Wedding Day spoken by Barb's Mother...... "This is such a Happy Wedding" . And indeed it has been. She would have been so proud to be there on your special Day. Love Jan
82: Friends for Life....... | "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together" - Woodrow Wilson Celebrate Good Times Silences make the real conversations between friends
83: Friends are kisses blown to us by Angels.... Laughter is the shortest distance between two people..... Many people will walk in and out of your life But only a true friend will leave footprints in your heart Eleanor Roosevelt | C
84: If Friends were flowers, I would pick you...
91: "Thankyou for being a friend" Travelled down a road and back again Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant. I'm not ashamed to say I hope it always stays this way My hat is off, won't you stand up and take a bow. And if you threw a party and invited everyone you knew You would see the biggest gift would be from me And the card attached would say "Thankyou for being a friend" If it's a car you lack I'd surely buy you a cadillac Whatever you need any time of the day or of night And when we get old together with walking canes and grey hair Have no fear even though it's hard to hear "Thankyou for being a friend" Extract from the song "Thankyou for being a Friend" by Andrew Gold Calendar Girls (1978)
92: Frank & Jo Leeson
93: Frank & Frank were best friends when they were young, worked in insurance, played basketball and tennis together, were on the Catholic Tennis Social Committee together and helped organise an Australian wide carnival in Brisbane. Frank might like to remember a lass from Western Australia they were pretty close for a week, and Frank L. just kept an eye on them. Surfing days at the coast were pretty good. Does Frank remember coming home very late one night? He was out with a girl and we were staying at Nancy and Don's (Frank's sister) place and we set out saucepans, tins and lids - whatever would make a noise across the doorway just to welcome him home. Then our beautiful girls came on the scene and from there it is history with so many memories and wonderful times with both of our families growing up together. Barb will probably remember that I am the younger of the two by 3 weeks and she has much fun calling me a "bitch" when I remind her of it, which of course is every year. I, Jo have felt very close to Barb and I have always been able to talk to her about everything, she is a wonderful friend and I love her dearly. We have had such good times together and still do. We wish them both every happiness on this special day and congratulation them on reaching 50 years. We pray that God will bless them and keep them safe for many years to come. Love Jo & Frank xoxoxoxo
94: I have some wonderful memories, but won't write an essay. Barb & Frank (who were known to me as Auntie Barb and Uncle Frank when I was younger), were part of our family. Family BBQ's, First Communions, Christenings (which we had plenty of) they were right there beside Mum & Dad. They are two wonderful people who love to laugh and enjoy life and would do anything for you. Barb & Frank, Congratulations on 50 years of marriage, love you heaps, have a wonderful day. Love Mary-Jo | I've known Frank & Barb for as long as I can remember, and yet there are only a couple of things that really stand out in my memory. I remember laughing constantly at both of them - Frank due to his pushing me on our swing set higher than any of my siblings could (or would for that matter), and for allowing us to cause him physical pain by punching him in the stomach as hard as we could (something I was privileged enough to do again last year at Mum's 70th)...while his stomach was still rock hard, the impact was slightly different to that of a child. And Barb due to her never being able to come to our house without spilling her wine or breaking her wine glass. I don't recall her EVER being able to do that. Congratulations on your last 50 years, and here's to 50 more!!! Love you both - Diana Leeson
95: MEMORIES FROM THE LEESON FAMILY.......... I remember being in the lounge room (wearing only a pair of speedos) watching Trevor Chappell bowl the underarm ball. I ran downstairs to tell the two Franks who were at the bar they had with all the coasters and beer labels stuck on the wall. When I think back now, it was a bit of a spin out. - Paul Leeson Carmel - I remember how Frank would flex his tummy muscles and the kids could punch him as hard as they could, they still remember he even did it with them at our Mum & Dad's 50th last year. A couple of times that they were at our place at a party, Barb broke a glass so when she came again they took great delight in making sure she had a plastic cup. - Carmel Leeson Brendan - I often ask the old man about Barb & Frank to make sure they are well and I hope you are. Every time your Dad was around it was no trouble for him to go out of his way and talk to any of us and it was always a good and worthwhile conversation. A lot of times you try to get away or look for a way out of the conversation but with your old man you were always looking for a stool so that you could get comfortable. All the best. Barb & Frank. - Brendan Leeson Frank - the Man with iron guy! Any child under the age of 13 could have a free shot (punch) at Frank's iron gut and more often than not walk away with a sore hand and write after giving their all. If the child wanted to have a crack after the age of 13 the agreement was that Frank got to have a free shot at you as well. There weren't many who tried after the age of 13. Barb - She broke a glass during the speeches at a Leeson's 21st Birthday party and has copped it ever since. Certain children from the Leeson clan would politely remind her of this every time they saw her - greeting her at a party or BBQ and handling her a plastic cup! CONGRATULATIONS, You always know you will have a laugh with Frank & Barb - Matt Leeson
96: Hi Barb & Frank WOW - 50 years - and they said it wouldn't last! I remember how we met, in September 1968 - that's 41 years ago. We had just moved into Tarling Street and I was pregnant with Sarah. Barb came bouncing over the road saying "Hi, I'm Barb Muggeridge, if there's anything you need just let me know". What a wonderful welcome that was and I'm happy to say, the start of a long friendship. What great times we had in Sunnybank and Holland Park when our kids were all little and (mostly) great fun! We continued having good times with the Muggeridges over the years, and the Downs kids, I'm sure have many happy memories of their times with your kids. Now our kids are all over 30 and are still great fun, and we are all enjoying our Grandchildren, and the Muggeridges are still great friends - how fortunate we are. Happy 50th Anniversary Barb & Frank. I hope there are many more to come. Love from Bernhard & Kate Vanderstelt
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98: Well Barb is my Godmother - so naturally she and Frank liked me a lot more than my twin brother Luke. Luke & I are naturally quite competitive, so it was great to have that over him! Frank & Barb were always quite diplomatic about their favouritism towards me however, which is why Luke could never believe that they did in fact like me much more than him. But seriously, my memories of Barb and Frank are great ones. They were always so happy and welcoming and your house was soooooo much fun to go visit - drum kit, pool table, pool, kids everywhere and I also recollect that one of the Muggeridge kids had tomato sauce on ice cream - which I though was not necessarily appetising, but waht a wonderful thing to grow up in a house that permitted that! Please widsh them all the best for their anniversary and thank them for the good times and fond memories. Regards - Sam
99: I haven't seen Frank & Barb for a long time, but I remember them always smiling. Barb was always full of energy and remarkably resilient given the mad house she was looking after. I remember her yelling at Ricky once, then turning to Sam and I and giving us a cheeky wink... Your house(s) were like a theme park, pool tables, swimming pools, stacks of games. I was particularly intrigued at Frank's batlike hanging contraption. A steel pole fixed to a door opening. Frank would then fit a couple of braces to his ankles and hang upside down, then pull himself up in a verticle sit up. After doing about 20 of these he gave us a go. It was fun hanging upside down, but we couldn't do a sit up. He then offered my Dad a go...Dad, politely declined Frank's kind offer (no doubt his abs were not quite up to the task). In short though, Sam & I were always excited to visit the Muggeridge's house. It promised fun, adventure, love, good times and the real threat of personal injury. Happy Anniversary Frank & Barb! Xx Luke